Agent/Editor Shop

What’s “Agent/Editor Shop” you ask?

This isn’t a contest… there aren’t any winners… just a chance to put your pitch in front of acquiring agent/editors(s). They’ll read the pitches and request more if your pitch grabs their attention. What they request is up to them. We do not make guarantees.

Agent/Editor Shop will only be “open” one day, per quarter, and we only take the first twenty pitches.

After the pitches go live on the blog, the agent/editor read and decide if they want more. They will then contact us and we will forward on information to the author(s) who received requests. We will also post results after the agent/editor contacts us. Just the total number of requests made—no specifics or names.

The rules are simple and easy to follow. They must be adhered to in order for you to be considered by our guest agent or editor.

**Very Important** Please check each agent/editor’s website for what types/genres they accept.

  1. We will post a big green GO! on the HOME page the Sunday morning of the Shop. All entries must be submitted on that day. (1 Day Only)
  1. You will send your entry to musetracks.blog@gmail.com with NO attachments. All the required information must be in the body of the email.
  1. Only one pitch per email. No exceptions.
  1. The pitch must be 200 words or less. No exceptions. Word count WILL be verified before your pitch is accepted. (Contact info is not counted toward your pitch word count.)
  1. Please put Agent/Editor Shop in the subject line.
  1. The email should follow this format:

Title

Genre/Subgenre

Word count of manuscript

Your 200 word synopsis pitch

  1. We will take the first 20 pitches. A big red STOP! will be posted when we have 20 viable pitches. Please note that we will not contact you if these rules are not followed. They simply will not be used. If your pitch was one of the first thirty to reach our inbox, you’ll see it posted the next day, on the main page of the MuseTracks blog, for the shopping agent/editor to peruse.

This is a great opportunity to get in front of an agent/editor, so most important of all—polish that pitch until it shines! Hone your synopsis. Double check spelling and grammar. Strictly follow the rules. Breathe.

MuseTracks wishes you all the best of luck!

Click HERE for Agent/Editor attendance dates.

90 Responses to Agent/Editor Shop

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for doing this 🙂

  2. Candi Wall says:

    Thanks Deborah.

    We’re very excited. If we can get enough agents lined up, we’ll do it for as many months as possible.

    Feel free to spread the word.

  3. What a fun new angle!

    Exciting…and scary.

    I predict a lot of traffic here. 🙂

  4. Candi Wall says:

    Hi Lainey,

    I hope you’re right! I think most will be excited to have a chance to put their pitch in front of agents.

    We’ve had a good response so far from agents, so the line-ups each month should be great.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Candi

  5. Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to give it a shot!

  6. Candi Wall says:

    Hi Erin!

    I hope you do. It’ll be fun and we have three great agents booked so far. I’ll list them next friday.

    Have a great day.

  7. ackattkissesandhisses says:

    I’d love to do this.

    ackatt.com
    mlhansel@gmail.com

  8. JM Griffin says:

    This is the best idea I have seen yet! Thanks!

  9. Candi Wall says:

    Kisses and Hugs,

    Make sure you come backon the 30th and watch for the ‘GO’.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Candi Wall says:

    JM,

    Thanks! We’re pretty excited.

    So far we’ve had a good agent response as well.

    Hope to see you at one of our sessions.

  11. Stacey Purcell says:

    I’m so excited by this, I’m breaking a rule I set for myself this month. I had vowed to not enter any contests, join any classes or do any extraneous stuff other then WRITE. My self imposed isolation has just been busted! I’ll be waiting for the GO button to be pressed. How fun!! Stacey

  12. Candi Wall says:

    Hi Stacey,

    Oops. Didn’t mean to yank you from your writing! LOL.

    We’re pretty excited as well. And I hope you manage to get in the top 30. Actually, I hate to have to limit it, but where in the world would I get agents who would be willing to look at HUNDREDS of pitches…

    Good luck!

  13. Robyn Wren says:

    This sounds great. Can’t wait to join in!

  14. WOW Exciting idea! Since my twin sister co-writer and I have just finished an adventure romance we’re breathing heavy to get on the band wagon. Polish! Polish! Polish. We have 6 books publlished–looking to make that #7.

  15. ackattkissesandhisses says:

    Hi,

    I had a question, by word count do you mean the word count of the finished novel, or the word count of the pitch.

    I was thinking the novel because the pitch has to be 200 or less.

    AC Katt
    mlhansel@gmail.com

  16. Candi Wall says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Looking forward to seeing you here on the 30th!

    Good luck!

  17. Candi Wall says:

    Joan & Joyce,

    SIX! Good for you! Hope we can help make it number seven.

    God luck!

  18. Candi Wall says:

    AC Katt,

    I’m not going to apologize for calling you kisses and hugs above, it’s just too funny how the mind sees what it wants at times. I’m just a overly-nice person I guess. LOL.

    As to word count. Yes, for the novel. Agents requested word count of the novel so they can better understand what kind of work they are looking at.

    ;o)

  19. This is a great Idea and can’t wait to see what happens.
    Trinity Blacio

  20. Candi Wall says:

    Thanks for stopping by Trinity.

    It should be fun.

    Good luck.

  21. Wow! This sounds like a great idea. I would be trilled to be apart of this adventure. Just to participate would be great. Please add my name to your list. Thanks!

  22. By Romance Genre, do you mean in the way Fantasy is sometimes considered a Romance genre? Mine’s a Historical Fantasy with hardly an announce of romance in it, but plenty of romanticism. 🙂

    Sincerely,

    Victoria Dixon

  23. Oops, meant to put a comment here and not on the Agent List…too early here on the coast, I guess. This is a wonderful idea, Candi and what a great opportunity. I know you have put a lot of work into this and hope this will be very successful for you. I’ll be putting in my pitch on the 30th…best of luck to everyone!

  24. Candi Wall says:

    Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    There is no list however. You’ll have to check back for updates. Our first date for accepting pitches is the 30th, but I’ll be listing the three agents on this firday.

    Best,
    Candi

  25. Candi Wall says:

    Victoria,

    The agents we are lining up may accept works in other areas, however, so feel free to follow thei website or contact info when I link it on Friday.

    However, we are strictly keeping ‘Agent Shop’ as Romance and Womens Fiction – for now.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  26. Candi Wall says:

    Minnette,

    You’re very kind. Everyone seems to be excited – as are we. I honestly wish we didn’t have to cap this at thirty.

    Wishing you luck!

  27. Denise Golinowski says:

    I’m sorry if I missed it, but are we putting the pitch IN the e-mail or attaching it?

    Also, do you want the name/contact e-mail/genre/subgenre/title and word count ALL in the e-mail before the pitch if it is embedded in the e-mail.

    I just don’t want you to slap that delete key on me because I didn’t ask. You know what they say about when you ASSUME anything…

  28. Candi Wall says:

    LOL – Denise!

    You didn’t miss it. Great catch as a matter of fact.

    Please paste your pitch into an e-mail. No attachments.

    And please add the other info before the pitch – yes, even if you have a sig line with all that info in it anyway.

    Thanks for asking—I’m updating the page as we speak!

    Good luck!

  29. Heather Boyd says:

    Im considering entering but Im going to need a little help doing the time conversion. Im in Australia and trying to work out what time it will be for me at your 10am.

    Can you please tell me where you are?

    Im trying to use the World Clock webside but your location has me stumped. Help!

  30. Candi Wall says:

    Hi Heather,

    I’m located in Maine so we would fall under Eastern Standard Time – E.S.T.

    Good luck.

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  32. Cate Masters says:

    This sounds great – thanks so much for doing this!

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  34. BookRambler says:

    What a good idea. Are you accepting international pitches or only US-based authors – UK writers would love to join in too.

    regards
    janette

  35. Candi Wall says:

    Hi Janette,

    We accept pitches from anyone, anywhere. My only piece of advice here is that you check on the attending agent’s website to make sure they accept international before you pitch.

    Glad to have your interest and feel free to spread the word!

  36. Hi, Candi,

    I’m new here and don’t see who will we be pitching to on the 7th. Can you share that infomation.

    Thanks, Donna

  37. Patty Moore says:

    Hi Candi,

    Am very interested in participating as my women’s novel is completed & as polished as I alone can make it.

    My problem is that when I click on the “attending” button, I keep getting this message: “Something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can. You may be able to try again.” Yet this event shows up on my FB profile page.

    Can you clue me in on what’s going on?

    Thanks,

    Patty (aka) Pepper

  38. Candi Wall says:

    Hi Patty,

    Don’t worry about the attending issue on FB. We all know how FB has its quirks!

    Just have your pitch within the guidelines of our rules and send it in as soon as you see the word GO posted on Sunday!

    If you’re in the first thirty I recieve and your pitch is within the guidelines, you’re in!

    Best of luck and I’m happy you’re choosing to attend.

  39. Well, I missed this. Word count 1,000,000 words. Multi Genre. All visible on Amazon.com under my private label and my name. Not looking for a typical agent type but a director interested in forming a partnership. Someone who wants to shape a writing career. Great at creating not so good with the other. No takers cause I’m late. Couldn’t be helped. Have a great life.
    JEB…

  40. […] Through online writing loops, I hear about online opportunities for pitches & queries like Agent Shop. If there isn’t an RWA chapter near you, you can still join Romance Divas, the RWA online […]

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  42. Hi Candi: Just read your bio and it seems we have a lot in common, except the animal control part. I do have pets though 🙂 Anyway, I am also a stay-at-home mom, part-time writer and a subsitute teacher.

    Qtn: I’m still working out how all these genre titles work. It says include genre/subgenre. I consider my novel to be a romantic drama. Can I put that?

    Thanks,

    Lia

  43. Hi Lia,

    Thanks for stopping by. Sounds like you’re a busy person too!

    As far as genre, I’d be as concise as possible. Romantic drama, unfortunatly, is rather vague. When pitching, your title and genre can really help set the tone. I’d go for Contemp romance, Historical romance or whatever widely known genre that best classifies your ms.

    Good luck!
    Sent from my U.S. Cellular BlackBerry® smartphone

  44. Excellent idea. But you know that a publisher buys a manuscript, while the agent buys the writer. It’s the toughest part of publishing, getting an agent.

  45. Opzvpils says:

    How long have you lived here? wildnymphets 8-(

  46. I’m disappointed, Guys. Just logged in for this blog, and get the message that Pitch Day is June 26th.
    What did I miss??? Today is September 3rd.

  47. Hi Lyn,

    Sorry! I’ve been out sick for a while and thought I’d updated all the info for Agent Shop.

    Sept. 25th is our next pitch date.

  48. Hello Candi;
    I’m new at this, not only on the group but to blogs generally. I’m a writer not a blogger. You probably have updated it somewhere, and I just didn’t know how to find it!
    Thanks for the update. I’ll see if I can make the cut.
    Marking my calendar

    Lyn

  49. Well here we are on the eve of the next agent event, and I have no idea who the agent(s) may be, so I am unable to look them up to see if my work might interest them.

  50. I’m wondering of there is ever any feedback about somebody’s ms being picked up by the agent of the day [month]

  51. Just a note to add –
    It is not 5:24 am here – it is 7:27, Atlantic time.

  52. B says:

    Is agent shop going to happen again? There hasn’t been one since November of 2011. please let us know Candi

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  62. This is an amazing idea!!!!
    Angela Rose

  63. Ellie Heller says:

    So, you still on for tomorrow? 🙂

  64. So, we check the agent/editor’s websites to find the genre’ they’re looking for?

  65. Exactly P.I.

    Sent from my U.S. Cellular BlackBerry® smartphone

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  67. Odie8654 says:

    Where can I see the most recent Pitch Day entries or the winner? I can’t find it and it’s probably looking me straight in the face yelling “here I am stupid”, but I’m not seeing it! I looked so forward to entering this one, but I had sent it to them before I knew about this and recently got back that it didn’t fit. So guess I wait until the next month’s pitch-day. Poopie-socks! Okay, well if you can tell me, I’d love to read who did get in etc.

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  73. HI there! Apologies if this has been asked before, but am rushing out the door…Just a quick qu from my end. Can you let us know what time zone you’re in? Many writers overseas likely to be very interested in your pitch shop.

    Thanks have a good one, cheeries

    Gabrielle

  74. Hi Gabrielle,

    I’m in E.S.T. time zone. Maine actually. 🙂

  75. Hi Candi, many thanks. Much appreciated.

    Cheeries

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  82. William Thrasher says:

    OMG! I really enjoyed these in the past. So glad you brought them back!

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