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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Calling All Followers With Completed Manuscripts

We've been sitting on something here at UB.
Well, yeah, that too, but I'm talking about something new for our little blog.

Something we've been dreaming of doing.

Something with YOU in mind.

The time has finally arrived to fill you in on our plan to take over the world!
*cough* *cough*
Sorry, not that plan.
What plan? We aren't plotting to take over the world so just stop already.
Now, where were we?
Oh yes. The plan to help you wonderful followers get some quality feedback on your work.

We are excited to announce the School's In Query Contest!
We are devoting most of August to queries: how to's, examples, workshops and the query process in general. The last week of August we will have three wonderful guest judges reading all polished queries for FINISHED manuscripts.

Krystal Wade from Curiosity Quills
Andrew Buckley from Curiosity Quills
Nancy Bell from MuseItUp Publishing
Amy Lichtenhan from SapphireStar Publishing
Donna O'Brien from Crescent Moon Press

If they like what they see, they may request pages and who knows where that may lead you?

There will be more info coming over the next few weeks, but we wanted to give you time to comb through that MS one more time. Maybe even get one more beta reader? Here's what these ladies said they are looking for right now.

Krystal--I love older mc's (18+)! I'd like to see some good dystopian, more male mc's too, and then of course anything scifi/fantasy/paranormal with something new and unusual.

Andrew--I’m looking for adult fiction be it paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy and/or anything quirky or humorous. No YA or NA please. I like strong protagonists with a unique voice and wonderfully evil antagonists. Please, please, please, no in-your-face sword and sorcery type pieces. They’ve been known to cause sharp pains in my posterior. I’m also looking for cookies. Oatmeal raisin are my favorite.

Nancy--MuseItUp is looking for more dark fiction, horror, as we are light in that department. However, romance, historical romance, YA/MG from a male POV that will entice that sector. Of course, we are open to anything that is well written and crafted. We don't publish literary fiction or poetry.

Amy--We're especially interested in contemporary romance and paranormal romance at this time, although we are accepting submissions in all fiction categories.

Donna--Currently, we are looking for voice rather than specific genre requirements, though we
are primarily a boutique publisher of high quality fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal fiction. We are interested in urban fantasy, dystopian, futuristic science fiction, steampunk, mind-bending time travel, space operas, mythological as well as historical retellings with a twist, epic high fantasy, and the paranormal. We are also interested in paranormal categories of suspense, thrillers, gothica, and mystery. CMP also accepting submissions in the YA and New Adult categories of the above mentioned genres.

If you are interested in playing, what questions do you have about the contest? 
Please email them to unicornbellsubmissions@gmail.com and I'll post and answer all of them for our Friday post. 


...And for anyone who might be interested, look what I found on Google.

25 comments:

Victoria Smith said...

Haha! Too cool. This sounds great and I'm all for world domination ;)

Lexa Cain said...

I could sure do with some feedback on my query, so I'll definitely be joining in. Looking forward to August! :-)

Charity Bradford said...

:D

Charity Bradford said...

Me too!

Alicia C. said...

So exciting! I wish I had more than 4 chapters done... Someone best take advantage of this!!! :) Gonna repost on my blog!

Huntress said...

Ah. World domination.
Too late. been there done that.

Posted and Tweeted, btw.

Tara Tyler said...

darn it! i'll be at camp! i have to focus! but i will ad for it, sounds so great!

Tara Tyler said...

keep forgetting to mention, love the new header!

mshatch said...

Excellent! Can't wait. But, um, could we dominate the world after?

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

An excellent idea. I give this two thumbs up!

Aldrea Alien said...

Not sure how much luck I'd have (having already submitted at least one manuscript to two of the three publishers), but I could always do with some help with putting a bit more polish on those queries.

Charity Bradford said...

Don't give up yet! I submitted my story(the same one even) to WiDo a year apart. They recognized the improvement in my writing and still liked the idea. You never know. We are also going to post anonymously so if its a new story, who knows?

Charity Bradford said...

Most definitely!

Charity Bradford said...

L Blankenship did a great job, didn't she!?

Charity Bradford said...

If all goes well with our first attempt at a contest of this type, we will do it again.

Charity Bradford said...

LOL!

Charity Bradford said...

!!! Maybe next time, keep writing!

Mason T. Matchak said...

Found you through a fellow writer's Twitter. This definitely sounds good. ^_^

Misha Gericke said...

Great competition! I'll definitely enter if my book is done then. :-)

farawayeyes said...

This may be just what I need. I'll be back, and I'm sending you a question.

tfwalsh said...

Great opportunity... thanks for holding...

Heather M. Gardner said...

I could sure use the help.
Heathre

Danielle B. said...

I have exactly what Nancy wants but unfortunately... it's not FINISHED! Arrrrg! It's horror, dark, boy/male POV, and about 4 children suck in a dystopian world! Oh why has life been so busy that I can't seem to find the time finish it!

Or world domination... either one will work!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I found this a bit late, but will post about it Wednesday. Sounds great!

Nancy Thompson said...

Amy's awesome!!