#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.
Thought of The Week: “Anything that you believe in is worth fighting for.”–
Sure, it’s easy to drown yourself in what seems to be constant doubt, whether you’re worried about what other people will feel or say, or just because you’re deciding to step out, and take a stab at something that you’ve never done.
It’s okay to be afraid, to put your heart out there for something that, not everyone agrees with, or understands. The painful truth is, not everyone will understand. Even those closest to us don’t always support the decisions we make, but only we know, what’s best for us.
Sometimes our potential to be great becomes restricted by thoughts and negativity imposed on us, not just by ourselves, but by others. That is why it’s important for us to push past all these success crippling fears, and doubts.
Silence thoughts of those who would attempt to sway you from your goals and dreams, and dare to go after what you believe.
At the end of the day, when they lie in their bed and close their eyes, they are not you.
Your thoughts, your feelings, your goals, your beliefs, are all apart of what makes you, you. If something is important to you, whether it’s a thought, dream, project, idea, etc, then it’s definitely worth whatever it takes. Don’t let anyone stand in your way. No matter what anyone says keep striving at it; one day it will all be worth it.
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: “No act of kindness, no matter how small. is ever wasted.”-Aseop.
One of the great beauties of life is that we never know for sure, exactly where it’s going to take us. We’re all just passengers tagging along for a fun, wild, ride.
And Life well, let’s just say: she’s one hell of a driver. She’s bold and daring. If she pleases she’ll take you as high as the moon, only to send you plummeting twice as fast, back to what seems like, the fiery pits of hell… Well maybe not to that extreme, but the point is: life has its stages, of ups and downs.
Each of us are at vastly different points in our lives. And while some of us are scraping the heavens, others are struggling to stay afloat.
The fact is, you never know what someone may be experiencing in their lives, the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, a terminal illness, or a lingering depression; are often things you can’t discern, just by looking at a person.When we enter the world beyond our doorsteps, we affect every single person we come in contact with.
A kind gesture, compliment, or even a smile could greatly impact someone’s day, which in turn could lead them to impact another’s. As human beings we need to spread more kindness, and less hate. I’m not saying you have to give out free hugs, but try spreading some love.
Go, get out there and start being nice.
We all have that thing that’s been locked away, deep in our minds from the furthest reaches of our day to day thoughts. We’ve considered doing “it” for quite sometime, but somehow, we always find an excuse to put it off; whether it be writing that long awaited book, taking that dream vacation, trying out that brand new restaurant or fitness class, or even, striking up the nerve to ask that cute guy or girl on a date… Continue reading 5 Reasons To Finally Do That Thing You’ve Been Thinking Of.
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.
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