Anonymous and unpublished, Authoress has nevertheless built up an impressive community of followers. And she must have some serious connections in the publishing world too, because every month or two she hosts a "secret agent" contest. This is where authors out there are invited to submit the first 250 words (basically the first page) of their completed novel to be critiqued by each other and by a mystery guest agent.
Let's be clear about this. Authors are forever hungry for feedback. And feedback from an industry professional is prized above all else.
So these contests are popular.
And Authoress limits entries to the first fifty received after she opens for submissions.
I've been looking out for these contests for a few months now, but each one specifies a list of genres accepted by the guest, and science fiction has not featured recently. So of course I was excited when I saw February's contest included my genre.
Submissions opened today at noon eastern time. That's 9am out here. I'm at work, but luckily no appointments. Email drafted and ready to send. Watch the blog for the post that confirms submissions are open. Don't want to rely on the clock, because the Authoress is the definitive judge of what "noon" is in the case, not necessarily what's on my computer, and anything arriving too soon will be disqualified.
There it is! Hit send. Wait. Wait some more. Go do some work.
Eventually get a confirmation, with a post number. I'm in!
Later looks at the blog showed that the fifty slots filled up in less than five minutes!
So, now my first page will be available for public
And we seem to have a resident hummingbird. We see it at the feeders pretty much every day we're around in daylight hours, so my guess is that it's there most days.
And the fish are still swimming.
Time for a celebratory curry (home-made, of course).