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PITCHWARS HAS BEGUN!   2 comments

Pitchwars is a writing contest put on by @brenda-drake for unagented writers to get their completed manuscripts in the hands of agented mentors who help them polish it before participating in the agent round in November.

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR

This is my fourth year entering. I wrote a new manuscript this time and sent it in with the names of six mentors I might like to work with. Now the waiting begins. The mentors have three weeks to decide who they want to mentor and will announce on August 25th.

SHERLOCK READS A PIECE OF PAPER

This is one of the mentors reading. Okay, it’s not but can I dream a little?

And this is most of the mentee hopefuls:

BIG BANG NERVOUS

Some of the mentors are giving us teasers at the hashtag #PWTeaser. Of course they are vague and general but that doesn’t stop the mentees from thinking:THAT’S MY NOVEL THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT!

HOCUS POCUS FOUND BOOK PIX

So for the next three weeks the mentee hopefuls will be waiting…

ALICE IN WONDERLAND WAITING

And waiting…

Bellatrix doens't like to wait

And waiting…

GG PARIS ASKS ABOUT BEING A PATIENT PERSON

So what do we do while we wait?

Some suggest tackling your TBR pile of unread books.

GIRL READING

MATILDA READING

Or binge watching your favorite TV shows.

Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-TV-Series

Or better yet, starting a new novel!

CHUCK SAYS HIS LATEST BOOK IS WEIRD

But whatever you do to pass the time away, know this: YOU DID IT! You wrote a novel and submitted it and that’s a really big deal. Let me put that in big letters: THAT’S A REALLY BIG DEAL!

writing-is-hard

So be proud of what you’ve accomplished and maybe on August 25th you can announce you got a mentor. BUT even if you don’t get a mentor, you can get eyes on your manuscript by finding beta readers or critique partners who will help guide your book to be the best it can be.

MAY YOU SPILL THE INK! (my version of Break a Leg)

Tina-Fey-giving-herself-high-five

Happy waiting!

Kathleen

Posted August 8, 2016 by kathleea in writing

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Celebrate the Small Things-June 5, 2015   2 comments

Hello!

Hope everyone had a fantastic week.

My celebrations:

  • I finished my rewrite of my novel and sent it off to the agents who requested it. WOO HOO.
  • A new book idea came to me but I had to put it on hold so I could finish the current one. I did have to scrap the first chapter (not a celebration exactly but good).
  • My blog earned new followers–thank you for following me!
  • Being a judge in Query Kombat (it’s ongoing until July), a writing contest that started this week. I had a blast looking at all the entrees.It’s a lot harder than you might think to give constructive feedback.
  • I participated in a Facebook book release party for DIRTY BOYS OF SUMMER, an anthology of romance stories, four of them written by Seymour Agency authors! Fun! http://http://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Boys-Summer-Alphas-Billionaires-ebook/dp/B00W8Q8S4O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433525364&sr=8-1&keywords=dirty+boys+of+summer
  • Although my entry didn’t make it into The Writer’s Voice, I still had a blast interacting with other writers on the hashtag. It’s one of my favorite parts of being in online contests!
  • My kitten is looking less like a kitten and more like a grown-up cat. She still plays like a kitten though and loves to watch “bird TV.” It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube. Video’s of birds on bird feeders fascinate the kitten. I have to sit with her on the floor because she gets so excited she jumps at the screen trying to get at the birdies, not all the time though. When she wants the TV on she looks at the blank screen then at me then back to the TV again. So adorable! She still doesn’t meow but yesterday she did a “merow” and we praised her. If we hadn’t heard her meowing in the car on the way home after we picked her up, we would think she didn’t know how. She’s a quiet little thing.
  • Toffee at 5.5 months

Posted June 5, 2015 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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