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