I made the shortlist!

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 8:42 PM

Wow! I made the shortlist of eight first lines in agent Nathan Bransford's contest. Voting is in full swing, and I'm putting in a decent showing, though it looks like another entrant has established a pretty good lead.

Just making the last eight out of five hundred or more is pretty exciting, and I couldn't be happier. I've also been heartened by some of the very kind words from various people, so my thanks to them.



Blogger jjdebenedictis said...

*waves pom-poms* You-can-dooo-eet, Con-doo-eet!

Told you that you'd make it to the finals. :-D

9:09 PM  
Blogger Josephine Damian said...

JJD! We have got to tag team on this one!

You-can-doo-eet, Con-doo-eet!

Stuart... Conduit.... your talent has earned you these much deserved accolades, and with good folks like SS@S and JJD in your corner, your future as a writer just gets brighter and brighter.

Josephine Damian


3:07 AM  
Blogger jjdebenedictis said...

(Are we makin' you blush yet? :-D)

3:47 AM  
Blogger sex scenes at starbucks said...

He's painfully easy to embarrass, girls. It's part of his charm.

That, and the accent.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Ello said...

I'm glad you made the short list, I was pulling for you, as you saw on my list! I do feel a strange affinity to your line because I was the first to comment on your post that this was my favorite out of all your first liners. So it filled me with glee to see you entered it and that it made the semi-finals. I feel like patting my own back for backing a winner!

I hope you win!

5:54 PM  
Blogger Conduit said...

Thanks everyone for your support, it's much appreciated. And yes, I did blush.

Nathan made a comment in his last post asking poeple not to campaign on anyone in particular's behalf, and I think we should respect that. Besides, I've done a tally and one entry has stretched a significant lead, so I'm probably out of the running. But thanks again.

I'm just really happy that I made the shortlist. I'm just beginning the query process, so it was great to get a boost like this when I'm feeling at my most insecure with my writing.

7:14 PM  
Blogger McKoala said...

It's a great line! Don't waste your time with that insecurity business.

10:39 PM  
Blogger jjdebenedictis said...

*Goblin blushes deep green*

Well, I did heed Prince Bransford's command after he made it...

6:19 AM  
Blogger sex scenes at starbucks said...

You were robbed.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

I agree with Betsy. Yours was the only first line that suggested deep things to come.

4:59 PM  
Blogger jjdebenedictis said...

I still think yours was best, too. :-)

I look forward to reading your books once you're published. Congratulations on the compliment of making the shortlist in this contest.


11:40 PM  
Blogger McKoala said...

I hope Nathan Bransford is on your submission list, as, whatever anybody else thought, he shortlisted your line and that's a seal of approval! Or are you only querying in the UK?

4:48 AM  
Blogger Conduit said...

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments. I think Jeanne deserved the win.

McKoala - I'm not going to be posting about the query process in terms of who bites and who doesn't. There's a chance any agent I query will look up website, and subsequently this blog, so it wouldn't be prudent to then present them with a list of rejections! :)

10:24 AM  

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