Pitch Wars

#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/pitch-wars/ 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 […]

#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.