Pitch Wars

#PitchWars Character Homework Assignment

Anyone want to do homework along with my mentee?  Here was the first assignment. To start off, we dive into character to lay the groundwork for what your MCs want, what they fear, and what is standing in their way. This comes from Michael Hauge’s Identity and Essence which I think works great for romance arcs. […]

Pitch Wars 2018 Wish List #TeamTwueWuv

Pitch Wars 2018 Wish List #TeamTwueWuv

I’m so excited to be back for my FOURTH year mentoring Pitch Wars!! I love this community, and I look forward to bringing someone new into #TeamTwueWuv. We are happy family. This year, my very first mentee, Laura Elizabeth, will be helping me, which is a special thrill for me.  You can follow her on […]

Why should you enter Pitch Wars?

Why should you enter Pitch Wars?

The Pitch Wars submission window will be upon us before long, and many authors will be gearing up to enter this not-a-contest. So many, in fact, that the chances of getting in will be long. Your odds are better straight querying than to get picked as a mentee, so why should anyone bother? I’m not […]

The Query That Worked

The Query That Worked

The book that would become SOME KIND OF MAGIC was the third MS I queried. From 54 queries, I received 15 partial or full requests, followed by an offer from Dystel and Goderich.  The title of my book has been changed, and you can see how much the back cover copy retained elements of my query […]

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 my mentee be happy with me? Will the people I 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 hearts, […]

Dear PitchWars 2018 Mentees

Dear PitchWars 2018 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 27, 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

With just a few weeks left before the Pitch Wars submission window opens, it’s *probably* too late to be drafting your MS, but those of you twiddling your thumbs might be wondering what you can do now to prepare for Pitch Wars.  Well, I’m glad you asked because there is a LOT you can be […]

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 Outlining Homework Assignment

#PitchWars Outlining Homework Assignment

One of the first homework assignments 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 in reverse. But pantsers curl into fetal position at the mere thought of mapping our […]

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.