Runner-up! BookEnds Literary Agency – First 100-Words Contest

Well… I didn’t win BookEnds‘ First 100 word contest… but I did come in as runner-up!

Runner-up  does not come with an automatic crit or request to submit, but when I finish this story and query them with it – and I will because they are (and have been for a while) my “dream agency”, I can mention they chose it as a runner up in their Romantic Suspense category… and then cross my fingers.

What a rush it was to read the winner’s submission, the judge’s comments and then scroll down and see MY submission as one of the two runners-up! Very cool.

And in other news… I’ve been tagged by Barrie Summy. Thanks Barrie. 

Honestly, when I saw I’d been tagged for meme, I had no idea what that meant. I read it and thought, “Huh?” And then I read her blog and got it. It’s not so bad actually. Though I am not a ‘chain letter’ kinda girl.

Anyhoo… Are you sitting? Are you ready?

Six random things about myself.

1. I’m a lefty. 
2. Roller coasters or other rides that ‘free fall’ terrify me. Whenever I go on a ride I ALWAYS ask the attendant, “Are there any drops on this ride?”
3. I LOVE carnivals at night – the lights on all the rides and the sounds of people excitedly talking and laughing make me think all is right with the world.
4. I’m great at organizing other people’s things (throwing it all away) but suck at organizing my own.
5. I’m an animal lover through and through.
6. I break every chain letter that comes my way. 

See? Now I’m supposed to tag six people. I’m a nicey-nicey, so I won’t do that to anyone unless I think they want to be tagged. SO… if you’d like me to tag you, let me know and I will. Otherwise…


To help you decide if you’d like to be tagged, here are the Rules of Meme (sounds like a great Futuristic title, doesn’t it?):

a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

Thanks Barrie, this was easier than I’d thought it would be.

11 Responses to Runner-up! BookEnds Literary Agency – First 100-Words Contest

  • Thanks Deborah! And now we all know you a little bit better. 🙂

  • Congratulations, Debbie! You are a runner-up, and that is fantastic. Book Ends is a sought after agency, and I think this is going to be your foot in the door. I have to admit I am so bad at blogging that I don’t even know where to post rules on my blog. When I figure all this out, I will tag you guys and get tags. I am ridiculously lame at all things technical.

  • Congratulations on your ‘almost first’ win with BookEnds. This is a real trophy. I am so happy for you.


  • Barrie,
    Now maybe you know me too well? LOL. I was careful not to reveal too much.

    Thank you!! BookEnds is indeed a sought-after agency. Another agent at that agency requested a full of one of my completed not too long ago. Alas, it was rejected but between that request and placing as runner-up, I have high hopes!

    Thank you!! I’m amazed at the other entries there. To be in that company in chosen runner-up is a thrilling feeling. Now if I can just finish this book so I can query them with it!


  • Debbie,

    Congratulations on being a runner-up in the contest. That’s fabulous!

    You can tag me, if you want. I need a topic for the next blog anyway. 🙂 Don’t know who I’ll tag, though.


  • Debbie,
    Having been named a runner up in an agent run contest is valuable. You can use it in all query letters. You have probably heard the adage that it’s as hard to get an agent as it is to get published. In my case it was true. I couldn’t manage to get agent representation. But for the book I am writing now, I will submit it to an agent. I have spoken an agent who is a member of our Orange County Chapter of RWA, and her name is Kelly Mortimer, very high energy. She asked to see a one page synopsis and a first chapter. Mostly, Kelly has an “in” with Harlequin’s inspirational line. She does represent popular author Charlene Sands who writes in Western categories.

  • Muchas congrats!!! Way to go!
    Now we do know you better! You can tag me. I actually love the getting to know you stuff.

  • Debbie, my “I’ve Been Tagged!” post is up at

    The hardest part was finding six people to tag!


  • Debbie, my “I’ve Been Tagged!” post is up at

    The hardest part was finding six people to tag!


  • Linda,
    I tagged you! And I LOVE your six random things about you!

    Great news about the partial request from Kelly!! My fingers are crossed for you. I’ll be honest though… my heart stumbled a bit at the thought of a ONE page synopsis. One?! Yikes.

    Thanks! And I was going to tag you, but Linda beat me to it. LOL. Can’t wait to read your six random things!


  • Congratulations on being chosen as a runner up. Cannot wait to read your book. Having read some of your previous works, I can understand why you were chosen. I have my fingers crossed. Just think, in a little while I will be able to say “I knew her when…”

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