7:55AM. My fingers hovered over the keyboard waiting. Tension hunched my shoulders and adrenaline rattled my arms. I felt like a horse in the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby.
All I want for Christmas is an agent, and for one lucky writer, The Knight Agency wants to grant that wish. To enter, I had to be one of the first 125 people to post a comment on their blog starting at 8:00AM.
I refreshed the window every few seconds, waiting for the entry blog to appear at 8. I set my cell phone alarm, so I wouldn't miss the time. At 8, the blog appeared. I scrolled to the Comments link, amazed to find that no comments had posted yet. Did I really have a chance?
By the time the comment window popped up, sixteen comments showed up on the blog. Don't panic, just type.
I typed it short and sweet and hit publish.
Oh no! An error! (Basically, too many people clicking on Publish Comment at the same time.)
I hit the back button, prepared to type again. There were already 93 comments. Yikes! An even shorter, to the point post. I hit publish and it went through as number ... 143.
Deflated, I started to put my laptop away, but I couldn't stop checking the totals. Plus, hope still bloomed since one lucky non-winner gets a chance to submit their first chapter for a critique. It could be me, right? I keep going back to the website. Curiosity beckons me like a wrapped present under the tree.
And I learn that this morning's response overwhelmed Deidre Knight and her staff, and one more person will get a shot at sending Diedre a query today. Someone drawn from non-winners posting before 8:30. My post went in at 8:02, so maybe ...
Of course, I'll pursue the more normal routes, but Santa, really, all I want for Christmas is an agent!