To help me keep track, I made the following spreadsheet, which is just too pretty to keep to myself:
Since you might not be able to read the thing, here are the ten finalists from my blog, with links to their awesome entries and the number of votes they got. All 2-votes in the finals also received a tie-breaker vote:
#1 A CITY IN THE AIR (2 votes)
#5 EXISTENCE (3 votes)
#9 THE LONG-TIMERS (2 votes)
#10 AGAINST THE FALLING MOONS (2 votes)
Congratulations to all the finalists! We're all going to be rooting for you in the agent round!
I was going to do a post with everyone's real name, etc, but I think it will be best if you all just reveal yourselves in the comments on your own entries. That way I don't out someone who would rather have remained anonymous.
I think I'll also get permission to tell you the real identities of our judges, soon, so stay tuned.
And now a word to those who didn't get any votes. There were 17 of you right here on my blog and more scattered throughout the contest. I was one of them: I didn't get any votes, either, though a couple agents said they would have voted for mine if only they had more votes. (They didn't really say how many votes they would have needed to vote for mine....) :) There are a few reasons your perfectly awesome book might not have been honored with a vote:
- The query and first page don't yet reflect the awesomeness of your book.
- The judges were in the mood for a different kind of awesome.
- Your competitors's entries were three-tenths of a hair more awesome than yours.
Whatever the reason, don't you dare give up. There were one or two trolls on the #GUTGAA twitter feed who thought it would be fun to gripe and complain about the judges, the set-up, the fact that Deana wasn't able to pull in actual agents to read the first 200... yeah. Nothing worth listening to.
Don't be like that. Take your comments, improve your query, and come back for the next contest. There's always another one, just around the bend.
Meanwhile, check out my compilation of everything I don't know about writing a query in the How NOT to Write a Query tab at the top of the page. Also, it looks like I'm going to be hosting a #GUTGAAlosers bloghop to help us all improve our queries--unless you're planning to enter the GUTGAA Small Publisher contest--in that case, the unofficial pitch polish blog hop is here.
So how was your experience? Learn anything? If I do a losers bloghop, are you going to play?