Friday, January 18, 2008


We're finally going to have a contest!!! First, the most important part:

Prize: One (1) "I [Heart] Robert the Publisher" t-shirt, in gem, size, color, and fit of winner's choice (within reason and pending the sizes, colors, and fits available at the silkscreener's).

A total of two (2) prizes will be awarded for this particular contest, one (1) for the winner of the contest, one (1) for the winner of the ancillary contest.

Participants may enter one or both contests. However, two different winners will be picked.

The contest:

Write Moonrat jacket copy for your next novel. Jacket copy should be between 250 and 400 words for flap, not including headlines, and 30 to 100 words for author bio.

This is an exercise Moonrat makes all her under-contract authors do. It helps them differentiate the craft-oriented synopsis they send an agent (when they are seeking an agent) and the plot- and theme-oriented copy that would inspire a consumer to pick up their book.

Entries will be graded on unputdownability.

The ancillary contest (for people who don't give a hoot about publishing and just want a t-shirt):

Write Moonrat a sonnet in iambic pentameter. Any subject is fine but sonnets are graded on their ability to make Moonrat pee her pants laughing.

Deadline for all entries: Friday, January 25th, 11:59 pm EST.

Copy and/or sonnets should be emailed to, either in the body of an email or as a Word attachment (Moonrat cannot open Word Perfect, Works for Windows, or Notepad files, sorry). Please specify in your email whether or not it is ok for Moonrat to put your entry up on Editorial Ass if you win (she hopes it will be ok, but will not disqualify you if it is not). Winners will be announced on Monday, January 28th, when Moonrat gets around to it.

Go forth, my loves!! Tell all your friends. I'm really excited, because now I'll get to make a bunch of tshirts and maybe have a bunch of contests.


Precie said...

Oh. My. Gawd.

I'm all over this one! Two times! :)

Kaytie M. Lee said... I'm going to think in Iambic Pentameter all day. :)

Jaye Wells said...

You don't mess around! I look forward to reading then entries.

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Ooh, I'd love to give this a go - so I can blend my writer skills with my marketing ones! Trouble is, I'm so up to my eyeballs in editing the current MS that I don't think I can see the words for the paper!
I'll see what I can do :-)

Church Lady said...


Colleen_Katana said...

Fun! And it'll be challenging too...what a good exercise!

Jill Myles said...

Can I write about a book that is already under contract and I had to do a blurb for? Or is that cheating? ;)

If so, I can work on another story. :)

Froog said...

Oh, it's so long since I wrote a sonnet! But if anyone can inspire me.......

Conduit said...

Yep, wild horses couldn't keep me from this one. Something tells me you're going to get swamped! :)

Quick request, though: most of us are used to the agent query, and I think we can all distinguish between that and the beefier flap copy, but could you give is some guidance on the difference between the flap and back cover copy, and what you'd expect to see in a headline?

Thanks for this one. :)

Merry Monteleone said...

Yay!!! Can I enter both, because they're both very very tempting?

Precie said...

Meant to say earlier...ancillary...LOVE that you used the word ancillary. :)

cyn said...

haha! you're so cute!

i may not have time to play.
but will see/try!

this is very exciting!

Colorado Writer said...

Fun times...

Ello said...

Holy smokes! Right when I have to prepare for classes next week! Who cares about the students! I want a shirt! I'm in!

moonrat said...

ok, in answer to many questions:

-Merry-yes, you can enter both contests; have a ball

-Jill, glad you asked, since i hadn't thought of this--i think i have to make a rule that there are no submissions of under contract books. the hope is that making you write the copy will be useful for you as well as entertaining for me--and if you do it for a NEW book, then maybe doing this "exercise" will help you figure out where you're going with a new plot.

-Conduit: another good question. thanks for asking. i'll do a separate post.

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool. I'm starting on my entry today.

Josephine Damian said...

Good questions, Conduit, I was wondering about that myself.

Ello, this grad student says: Who cares about the teachers! (and jury duty!) I'm in.

Moonie, my huckleberry friend. I just wrote up my synopsis for EE. Just one little problem - his word limit prevents me from sending it in... how about a synopsis contest? (translation: are you a glutton for punishment?)

writtenwyrdd said...

Oh goody! I might even be able to do this one. I'd love a Robert the Publisher shirt.

McKoala said...

Thinking. Cap. Is. On.