Keeping it Classy

Technically, this post is aimed at Pitch Wars participants, but really, it applies to any writer—whether participating in a contest, querying, or what. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the process, to focus on your own journey and experience—especially in a contest like Pitch Wars. Which means it’s also easy to…

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Mentor Madness…

So the idea of Pitch Wars is basically pairing unagented authors with a more experienced author to tackle improving their manuscript before submitting to agents. (extremely short version there) In years past, hopefuls selected the mentors they thought would be a good fit and submitted their query and first chapter to them. You had a limited…

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Pitchy Pursuit… Pitch Wars 2016

It’s that time of year again… Pitch Wars!  (certified GIF-free post – but I do have a slideshow!) I participated last year with a manuscript that I thought was ready to go… yeah, I was mistaken. I shelved that story for a bit and worked on some other projects, but the story kept nagging me.…

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Fiction: New Adult vs Young Adult

At age 30, you’ve had 12 years as a legal adult. I hardly think that qualifies as “new”. You’ve presumably been out of college for at least a couple of years (even if you took a gap year, were a five-year senior, and went to graduate school). It’s a safe bet that you’ve held down a job where you could not be replaced by a high school student looking for their first job.

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The value of “exposure”…

By now, everyone’s heard the whole Wil Wheaton/Huffington Post debacle. If for some reason, you’ve been under a rock, the short version is: Huff Post liked a post Wheaton had on his blog. They asked to use it. He said, “Cool, how much do you pay?” They said, “Oh, we pay in exposure only.” He…

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On Writing: Crit Partners

What is a “crit partner”? Google the term, or the unabbreviated “critique partner” and you’ll see a confusing list of definitions, and places to find fellow writers eager to pair up with a crit partner. In my eyes, and those of the folks I most frequently work with, a crit partner is usually a two-way…

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Dear Lucky Agent

In search of: one cool, edgy, forward-thinking, motivated agent to help take my work from small indy houses to something bigger. How I’m planning to accomplish that goal: A crap ton of writing combined with insane levels of hard work and self promotion. Case in point: I’m participating in a really cool contest. Dear Lucky…

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