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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Squeezing the Lemon by Hand so that Nasty Pulpy Lemon Guts Squish Through Your Fingers and Burn in Cuts

Voila! Lemonade.

Diana told me about a query tracker contest at 4 pm today that was open to the first 70 entrants. First five pages and synopses of a YA book read by an agent. It opened at 6 pm and was closed to entrants by 6:02pm. Seventy people got in the contest in two minutes.

Guess who got in?

Well, this would be a lame story if it wasn't me, wouldn't it?

It would be a better story if both Di and I got in.

Still--that's the nasty pulpy bits.


I did it! I did it! I did it!

Now, I've jinxed it, but I don't care.

I used Re: Straint. I had to cut a two page synopsis down to one page. (Agony. Agony.)

It was a serious rush of adrenalin. Woo, baby!

Now, I'm just back to waiting--again.

BTW, Di, I put it as a YA Science Fiction. (I was under the gun and nearly gibbering in my excited rush.)

Yay! I got in. I got in.

It's me against seventy other people. Phew. Fingers crossed.


  1. Hurray Wendy! So glad for you... my fingers are crossed too!

    Hopefully this will help you feel a little better, too. :)

  2. Hurray for you for getting in! I'm sending you good luck vibes!

  3. Oh yeah! (That's the Kool-Aid Man "Oh yeah!" btw). I know you're going to stand out in this contest, in fact-- no, I don't want to further jinx anything but you already know how awesome I know this story is. The opening is so adorable and original, and YA Science Fiction is perfect.

    I'm on pins and needles for you, Wendy. I keep checking the querytracker site, knowing full well that it's going to be a long way yet. But still!! Excitement. Enthusiasm. Life is good.

  4. Oooh! Good luck! *crossing fingers*

    Lynnette Labelle

  5. Thanks everyone!!! I'm excited to be one among seventy. It feels rare to have those kind of odds in a contest for writers.

    Hey, Lynnette!

  6. That's fantastic, Wendy! I'm really excited for you!