Hook for Your Book Contest! (And an Interview)

As some of you know, I was interviewed by Melodie Wright of Forever Rewrighting for her How I Snagged My Agent feature. The first part of that interview is up on her blog today. Check it out here. The second part (including my query letter) will be up tomorrow.

Together with the interview, we are having a Hook for Your Book contest which will be judged by my agent, Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency.

So here are the particulars:

To Enter:

You must be a follower of this blog and provide a link to either a tweet or a blog post spreading the word about this contest.

You must have a completed novel. Your novel MUST be finished to enter this contest.

Write a 50 word paragraph that is the hook for your book. Basically pitch your book in fifty words.

Post your 50 word pitch in the comments section of my blog with a TITLE and your contact info before August 22nd.

This is only open to mysteries and thrillers.

If I were going to enter, mine would look like this:

Finding Claire Fletcher

Detective Connor Parks, newly divorced, with his career in jeopardy, spends the night with a woman he meets at a bar. The next morning Claire Fletcher is gone; leaving behind a hint of a decade-old mystery. Abducted when she was 15 years old, no one has heard from her…until now. Will he find Claire Fletcher?

Lisa L. Regan
Email: duchessmalfi@hotmail.com

Jeanie will choose three finalists. They will be announced on both mine and Melodie’s blog on August 29, 2011.

The finalists will send her a synopsis of their book as well as their full manuscript. From those three finalists, Jeanie will choose one manuscript and that manuscript will get a full read and a possible contract with Sullivan Maxx.

Please spread the word. This is a great opportunity for writers looking for an agent. You’ve got till August 22nd. If you have any questions please post in the comments or email me directly.

If you've already posted an entry, not to worry, I have it. If you posted your entry on the blog at my website, I have that too! I will make sure that Jeanie gets all entries.


  1. I know our genre is not well represented in the blogosphere, but I'm looking forward to reading the entries. Oh, if only I could enter!!! Fantastic interview, by the way! Can't wait for the next installment. Great job, Lisa!

  2. I wish I could do this. I really suck at blurbs...don't know why. I think I stress too much over it. Will enjoy reading the entries though...might teach me something. :)

  3. Off to check out the interview. Have a great weekend.

  4. Yes... I'm off to read the interview.

    My book is complete, but not polished, so I must pass on this opportunity.


  5. Hope the contest goes well. :)

  6. I hope you get a great response from this contest, Lisa! I'm off to read your interview. Have a great weekend! :)

  7. Oh, man. This is GREAT that you are doing this!


  8. I've never really felt satisfied with any of the novels I've tried to write.

    Check out my math blog.

  9. I've said this before, but this is such a cool contest!

  10. Okay, I know this is not gonna fly with Jeanie, but hey, she read like my second draft and it's way better after 10 rounds of revisions and critique partners! Anyway, you said I should post my pitch here regardless, so here it goes:

    THE MISTAKEN (91,000 word thriller)

    Vengeance tastes sweet when Skylar Karras pledges his wife's killer to sex-traffickers in the Russian Mafia. In exchange for the woman, they’ll let his brother leave the business for good. But when Sky mistakenly targets the wrong woman, he’s forced to protect them all from the very enemy he's unleashed.

    Nancy S. Thompson

    I'm sorry, 50 words is not nearly enough!

  11. Good luck to everyone who's entering. I have terrible luck with these things.


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