Pitch Wars

The Awful Truth About Being a Mentor

The Awful Truth About Being a Mentor

I never sleep well the night before Pitch Wars reveals.  Will our mentors be happy with me/our team? Will the people we didn’t pick be devastated? I toss and turn because I can’t stop thinking of all the very kind people who trusted me with their words, who sent me their hopes along with their […]

Dear PitchWars 2017 Mentees

Dear PitchWars 2017 Mentees

First things first. There will be a lot of sad faces once the mentee announcement goes live. I truly wish that weren’t the case. Disappointment sucks ass. I’ve been there and I know. I truly hope that those of you who aren’t chosen will keep the faith, keep writing, keep learning, and keep in touch. […]

Pitch Wars Wish List 2017

Pitch Wars Wish List 2017

WELCOME TO TEAM TWUWUV! This year, I’ll be co-mentoring with KELLI NEWBY (EEEEE!). Kelli and I were co-mentees under Jaime Loren back in 2014, and she’s become one of my best friends and most trusted critique partners. So this is wicked exciting for us. We pretty much totally overlap in our interests anyway, so this […]

#PitchWars Submission Window Advice

#PitchWars Submission Window Advice

On August 2,  the sub window will open and suddenly the vibe on the #PitchWars feed will change dramatically. Mentees will freak out about pulling the trigger, as everyone seems to be sending in their subs, but you’re not ready yet, and the mentors have suddenly gone dark. Panic sets in. First of all RELAX. You […]

How to Prepare for #PitchWars

How to Prepare for #PitchWars

I see a lot of people on Twitter wanting to know “how do I prepare for Pitch Wars?” And I got to thinking of all the things, so I thought I’d share some random advice. Polish your MS The first, most obvious thing you should be doing right now is getting your manuscript finished, revised, […]

How Does #PitchWars Work Exactly?

How Does #PitchWars Work Exactly?

Pitch Wars is a contest hosted by Brenda Drake. You can read about it on her blog: http://www.brenda-drake.com/2017/06/pitch-wars-2017-details/ This isn’t your average contest. You don’t just submit a query/250, get selected from the slush and then hosted for an agent round. You don’t just get a little feedback on your query/250 during a short window between […]

#PitchWars Homework Assignment #1

#PitchWars Homework Assignment #1

I’m stealing a page from Brighton Walsh who has some excellent homework assignments on her blog. The first homework assignment I give is a bit dastardly, but it’s something I always do before I start revising: Map the book on a spreadsheet. If you’re a plotter, you may laugh at the necessity of doing this […]

More About That #PitchWars Spreadsheet

More About That #PitchWars Spreadsheet

Yesterday, I posted a little glimpse into a spreadsheet I’ve been using to track my thoughts on various subs. We get a lot of them, so it’s important to jot down some notes as we go — our intial reaction to the premise and the writing, and a log line that will jog our memory. […]

2016 Pitch Wars Mentor Wish List

2016 Pitch Wars Mentor Wish List

I’m a Pitch Wars mentor again this year! Update: I’ll be co-mentoring with Jaime Loren (who was my mentor in 2014) so woohoo!! You can read what Jaime is interested in here. We pretty much totally overlap in our interests anyway, so this is a two-for-the-price-of-one mentoring package. So who the hell am I and […]

Assortment of #PitchWars and Writing Advice

Assortment of #PitchWars and Writing Advice

I’ve collected a few of the blog posts I’ve put up over the past year to help with submitting to Pitch Wars, getting your query letters ready, spiffing up that first page/chapter, and a bonus on commas. If there are any questions/topics that would be helpful to add, let me know! Good luck! (You’ve totally […]

Pitch Wars Schedule

Pitch Wars 2016 is a-coming! I can’t wait for the carnival of crazy that precedes the contest, the trash talking, the submission tsunami, the Twitter teases. If you’ve got an MS that you could have polished and ready to submit, you’ll want to make sure to ready to go. Here’s this year’s schedule: July 20 […]

Blog Tour: THIEF OF LIES

Blog Tour: THIEF OF LIES

I am so excited to share Brenda Drake’s Thief of Lies which is due to release on January 5. Check out the gorgeous cover and see below for more info about the book, plus an excerpt. Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in […]

Pitch Wars Interview with my mentee Laura E. Adams

Pitch Wars Interview with my mentee Laura E. Adams

Brenda has posted an interview with me and my mentee Laura E. Adams here.

2015 Pitch Wars Mentor Wish List

2015 Pitch Wars Mentor Wish List

I’m excited to be able to announce … I’m a Pitch Wars mentor this year! I was a mentee last year, so I remember checking out blogs, hoping to find a love connection. You can read all about my experience here. If you’re unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, check out the inimitable Brenda Drake’s post for […]

RWA, Pitch Wars, and Meeting my Agent

RWA, Pitch Wars, and Meeting my Agent

One of my critique partners asked me if I’d go to the big RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference in the summer if she went. While it sounded like a lot of fun, I’m tight on travel money and didn’t think it would be possible. I told her I’d go — if I had an […]

My Pitch Wars Interview

Brenda Drake, who hosts a number of noteworthy online contests – Pitch Wars being the most noteworthy, has posted an interview with me and my mentor, Jaime Loren. You can read it here.

Thank You #PitchWars!

Thank You #PitchWars!

Pitch Wars came along at the perfect time. I was in that sweet spot between thinking there was nothing wrong with my brand new MS and knowing everything was wrong with it. If I’d had any more or any less faith in my novel, I probably wouldn’t have entered it. It’s that delusional place you […]

#PitchWars Blog Hop – Why I Wrote CALAMITY

This post is part of a blog hop for #PitchWars and will be hosted by the fearless C.M. Franklin on her blog. Follow the links at the bottom of this post to visit the other authors in this blog hop. The first time someone asked me why I wrote Calamity, I answered without thinking, “Because […]

Writing Contests, #PitchWars, and Rejection

Writing Contests, #PitchWars, and Rejection

Bear with me. This might sound like everyone else in the whole authorverse… I started writing novels last year. That’s not to say I started writing last year, but until Nanowrimo, I had never attempted a full-length, plot-arced, voice-dripping, character-driven ms. I finished one (Yay!) and revised that sucker and edited that sucker and didn’t […]

Bio #PitchWars #PimpMyBio

Bio #PitchWars #PimpMyBio

I’ve just entered Pitch Wars, which anyone visiting this blog probably already knows about. But for those who don’t … It’s a writing contest to end all writing contests. Non-agented authors submit their finished manuscript and query to a select group of “mentors” in the hope that one of them will choose theirs to sculpt […]