Friday, December 9, 2011

Bakers' Dozen Agent Auction Update

To recap: My MG novel, Shakespeare on the Lam, was one of the entries in Authoress's Bakers' Dozen Agent Auction. Which meant my logline and first 250 words got a whole bunch of amazing and helpful critiques. And then on Tuesday, starting at 11 EST, the agents started bidding.

Was I glued to the action on screen? Well, I would have been--except that Tuesday was the day for my annual adventure with my father-in-law to snag the cheapest Christmas tree in the tri-county area. Last year I blogged about my trophy, the $10 tree that fell off a helicoptor on its way to Mexico. This year, we took a much more leisurely tack and bought $20 Groupons for Christmas trees and a half pound of organic coffee out at Boring Bark. (The Boring bit is the name of the town, not too far from Portland.) My father-in-law's 9 foot Noble is a nice-lookin' tree--and without the Groupon it would have cost $60. So we were chuffed little happy campers.

I got home around noon PST, to an excited voice mail from my wife. She'd been snooping over at the auction and called to let me know that several agents had been bidding, and that the full manuscript of Shakespeare had gone to Victoria Marini, an agent at the Gelfman Schneider agency (the agency that represents one of our favorite writers, Chris Bohjalian.)

I followed Authoress's instructions and e-mailed the full to Ms. Marini. She has a week's exclusive. After that, other bidding agents can make requests.

It was great fun, and I have to thank Authoress for the auction and for the sense of community she fosters on her blog. If you haven't found Miss Snark's First Victim, do yourself a favor and check it out. As one commenter once wrote, it's like for agents and authors.

A couple of the other entries I liked did well also: Karen Akins's LOOP and Tara Dairman's GLADYS GATSBY TAKES THE CAKE.  Read them if you have a moment. They're great.

So there you have it. I'd worry and fixate, but I still have a ton of Cybils books to read and a Christmas tree to decorate. Have a great weekend.


  1. Congratulations - I hope your ms makes it all the way.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! Shakespeare and Gladys were among my favs as well. Such a wonderful experience all-around.

  3. Congratulations! I really liked Karen's, too.

  4. Best of luck, Michael. Victoria's awesome!

  5. Incredible, Michael. Wishing you the very best of luck!

  6. Fantastic Michael. When you get published may I have one of rarer unsigned copies. :-)

  7. Congrats on the requests!!!!

    I have a few friends who were also in the auction. Both landed requests. I kept checking out the action. I didn't realize other agents could make requests after the exclusive.

    I didn't make it into the auction, but that's okay. I started querying last week and already requests are rolling in. So I'm doing better than some of the entries in the auction. Yay! :D

    Good luck on your request, and I hope others also want to see more. *crosses fingers*

  8. Good luck! And thanks for the links. :)


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