I entered the Trick or Treat with an agent contest hosted by Kimberly Chase, Dee of Write for Apples, and the CRIMINALLY fabulous, Brenda Drake.
It was reasonably standard, submit a short pitch, and your first page. I believe I read somewhere that they received over 150+ entries, and each of the 3 judges picked 13 for a total of 39 contestants! The agents were anonymous and in halloween costumes, and they went through the entries dropping candy which equaled requests for either partials or fulls!
I walked away with 3 partials out of 5 judges, so that was thrilling, of course.
But, I think the BEST part was being asked to respond to a question in the voice of your main character!
The question was, "What costumed character does your MC relate to most and why?"
This was AMAZINGLY fun. As some of you may know, my MC is a little bit damaged and a lotta bit snarky, so answering as her made me laugh and was such a great exercise.
My MC, Imogen's response:
She cracks me up. (Is that weird to say? Whatevs.)
"Baaaahahahaaa, are you freaking kidding me? I would rather contract ACTUAL rabies from the stray cat that lives behind my house than wear a Halloween costume, so I'll stick to my sweatpants thankyouverymuch... but you can leave the candy."
I have to say that I thought this was an incredible way to get to know my character even a little bit better.
In the spirit of this contest, and this question, I thought maybe I'd ask a question of YOUR main character! Leave a comment here with your MC's answer to one or more of the following questions!
1. What's your MC's first stop at a shopping mall?
2. What would your MC's "last meal" request be?
3. What is your MC's greatest fear?