#Pitmad is almost Here! But Before you get too excited, you might want to know exactly what it is. Pitmad in collaboration with #Pitchwars, is a contest hosted entirely on Twitter. For one day, the contest allows you to pitch your novel to actual agents and publishers. Awesome right? Want to know how? Keep reading, the rules are simple. Continue reading Are You Ready For #PitMad? Better Yet, What is PitMad?
You know that feeling when something doesn’t go your way, the crushing despair and disappointment you feel, when you are notified of bad news. It feels like someone has taken a stab at you in the dark, there’s a sudden, and unexpected pain. You clamber helplessly and try to correct your footing. For a terrifying moment there’s panic and fear.
You have a strong spirit, so quickly you gather yourself, and let the disappointing news set in. It feels like someone has pulled your bleeding heart from your chest, and crushed it, as you watch while your life essence succumbs nothingness.Your soul has been extracted from your body, and is no longer more than just a breathing, living shell…
Dramatic; I know, I enjoy drama, but I hope you never experience having your heart ripped out unexpectedly in front of you, please do be careful, and try to refrain from such things, as I’m sure it would be very unpleasant.
It’s unfortunate that as overly dramatic as these feelings may seem, it is indisputable that disappoint never gets any easier, not the 2nd, the 3rd, or even 100th.
It’s what you chose to do afterwards that’s important.
It’s okay to take your disappointment to heart.The harder you hurt, the stronger you’ll be when you rise and heal again. Moping is fine, but don’t mope in despair forever. Don’t be too discouraged, and don’t let disappointment get the best of you. Always have the courage to pick yourself up and try just one more time.
If you’re feeling down right now here’s some great epic, moping music to comfort you in your despair. Feel free to listen on repeat. Seriously, it’s a good song.
As of right now, you have a little less than 5 hours left to submit your manuscript to a mentor of your choosing, for a chance of being selected as their new mentee.
What is Pitchwars, what is a mentor, what is a mentee you might ask. Well let me tell you; PitchWars is the largest writing community and contest on the internet, that immediately thrusts your work in front of hundreds of agents and publishers, with just a single tweet on twitter.
The Contest was originally created by Brenda Drake, Author of THE LIBRARY JUMPER, and THE FATED Series, in 2012, and has since become a great success, with many of those chosen as mentees, going on to become represented, and published Authors.
Sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime right? Well it is, here’s the process. But only if you think you’re ready to take your work to next level.
- You will have to do a little research on those who are mentoring, to see who would be a perfect fit for your manuscript. Luckily, each mentor or team of mentors, is separated into groups by genre and category (read carefully and make sure you make the best pick) List of Mentors here. 2017 Mentors Blog Hop You will be able to choose up to 4 mentors.
- Once you have chosen your 4 mentors you will then have to go here and fill out this form at the bottom of the page. PitchWars submission form Do exactly as the form says, you will need to query the mentors, so hopefully you have a query ready that you can just copy and paste into the box, if not you can craft one up on the spot. You can also check out this post for advice on querying (How To Query A Literary Agent)
- Before you submit you are also going to need to have your first chapter–and prologue if you have one— in a document ready to upload, separate from your full manuscript. Do not send your full manuscript. If the mentor is interested in reading more of your work, he or she will ask for it.
- Then you hit submit! And it will be time for you to play the waiting game among the many other writers hoping to be chosen for such an awesome opportunity and experience.
If you are chosen, you and your mentor will become very close over the next two months working to whip your manuscript into elite shape, just in time for the pitching madness to begin.
There’s still a few hours left for you to submit, Hurry, mentors will be accepting submissions until 10 pm EST. Good Luck!
Thought of the week: Stop waiting for the opportune moment to arrive because the perfect moment may never come. Don’t let a great opportunity pass you by because it isn’t the right time, or because circumstances aren’t as optimal as you’d wish they’d be.
Of course, it’s wise to put your best foot forward and do things in a timely fashion, but don’t let your standards limit your chances of success. Do as much as you can to take matters into your own hands. Be brave, take chances, create your own opportunities.
It may not get you exactly where you want to be, but it will get you at least one step closer to your goals.
Congratulations. You have completed your work, but now it’s time to take it to the next level, and for most people that means finding an agent. Find out how.
No one likes to accept rejection. In all honesty it sucks. No one wants to be told that they are not good enough. A “No,” can literally feel like a slap in the face. Continue reading Handling Rejection Like A Pro.
Yesterday I stumbled upon an old file containing a novel I had been working on years ago; you know the kind, the one inspired by your awkward teenage life, and your infatuation with Werewolves and magic. Continue reading Flash Into The Past
Hi, how are you? Good I suppose, and busy, really busy with all your clients, and authors, and conventions, and editors and book sales, not to mention those loads of proposals… All that must be extremely exhausting, yet as an agent that must be really satisfying.
I can not wait to have my own work in your hands.
If you are wondering why I am writing to you today, it’s because I want you know that I love you, even though you don’t know who I am, or may have already decided to discard my query email as spam.
It’s not love in any weird romantic kind of way, but just because you are who you are.
Mr. or Ms., you may or may not know how hard it is to remain calm and patiently wait for a response that may never come, from someone who doesn’t even know I exist.
Just the thought alone that, you may have already acknowledged my words, but ignored them terrifies me.
Here I am waiting, some unknown author, among a sea of your other pleading and dire requests, just wondering if possibly you would even consider representing me.
I’m sure if you were to put all of us unpublished authors in a room with you, you’d more than likely would be trampled to death.
“Here’s my manuscript, take it, please!” “Just look at it,” we would all yell and shout.
We would probably pull hair, bite arms, throw punches if we had to, just to get to you, to have a moment of your time, which even then, still may result in a dream crushing, “sorry, not interested.”
You’re like a God in our eyes.
You have the power to make us matter in the face of great publishers, or leave us dangling, desperately trying to cling to our hopes.
I’m sure none of this matters to you, because as a God in the publishing world, you ultimately have the power to make our dreams into a reality. You get to decide if we are worthy enough to have our story told to the world. It takes your faith in us, to make us writers great.
So I love you. I love what you do.
I love that you exist, holding the torch for unknown writers to pass through the dark, and winding road to success. And while I may not matter to you, you certainly matter to me.
Patiently waiting for your call, Yours truly,
An Unpublished Author.
P.S. if you’re having a bad day this might cheer you up, or make you very confused. Either way I believe this is an accurate declaration for how I feel about you. The Brother’s Riedell; I Like You
First off I’m a 22 year old mom of 16 month old twins. Anyone with kids, babies, or toddlers knows how grueling the task of being a full time parent to one child is, and I just happened to get lucky with two, on the first try.
Being a parent is great. You get to see all your sweat, and tears and efforts manifest into a growing person that you created, and although their smiles are precious, and their laughs adorable, we know it isn’t always pretty…
That’s where my love for writing comes in. In those spare moments once the kids are asleep, I get to delve into an alternate world completely different than my own.
There’s just something about being able to immerse yourself in a world in another time or another place; something so satisfying about filling blank space with people, places, and things, you’d never get a chance to see in real life, but whose problems, joy and sadness feel like your own.
Since I was 13 years old, becoming a well known author has always been my dream. Just the thought of having my own works published in a tangible, bound, hard or paperback book brings a smile to my face, or to know another human being has enjoyed something I wrote fills my soul with happiness.
Through this blog I will convey the struggles of being a full time mom and a writer, a clash of two worlds where dreams and reality meet.