Writing & Publishing

No Stress (Pitch) Wars

It’s finally here! The window is open for Pitch Wars! What is Pitch Wars? It’s the chance to be picked by a mentor to help you polish your novel to submit to an agent. You must have a finished novel. You must have already polished your novel as much as possible before submitting. Each author has 4 entries, so 4 possible mentors they can submit to, and each one of them picks ONE person/novel to mentor.

To enter, you send in a query letter and first chapter. Then you sit and wait until someone asks you for a full manuscript. On the 25th of this month, the mentors will announce their picks.

As I watch the feed on Twitter, I’m surprised by how many people are FREAKING out about this. There are people just sitting on their computer, stalking the feeds!! I had to close out of Twitter because it made me wonder if I missed something! I want to be picked more than you know! I also don’t want to stress about the whole thing. I would be so honored to be picked and I would work harder than anyone to make my book as perfect as possible, but at this point, my hands are tied.

I already sent in my submission. There is literally nothing I can do now. The only hang up is my mom has my novel. She was going through and doing a final proofread, and then my grandmother had to be rushed to the hospital. Thankfully, the emergency surgery she had seems to be working! She had 3 kidney stones on one side and it apparently shut down her entire kidney! My mom keeps getting upset because she wasn’t working on the novel, but the few chapters she did go through, she said she didn’t find a whole lot. If I have to send a full manuscript with some errors, it just has to be that way. I would much rather my mom take care of my grandmother, since Bill and I can’t go home. So with this said, the situation is what is is, and now we wait!

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(Talia with my grandmother.)

In the meantime, I started another project. I had the idea for a children’s book I really want to write, and last night I got it down on paper. I crafted the query letter (the letter I send to agents) and now I will work on the bio and marketing plan.

Hopefully this will keep me busy in addition to continuing to send out the proposal for Literary Crazy. I also have been working on my new blog: Little BookWorm Blog. If you have children, I hope you will check it out!

Lastly, I’m reading a new book for book club and will hopefully have that for you Monday, so be sure to check back……if you hit the “Follow” button on the right, you will be notified when it comes out! You don’t want to miss this book!

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Novel or Pocket Pet?

What a week last week turned out to be! (It was so busy, Monday Book Review will be tomorrow, Tuesday. I just didn’t finish the book in time!)

I hit a big milestone last week and I can’t wait to share.

This is a picture of what 313 pages of a novel looks like for editing:

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I finished editing my novel and sent it to the printer (thank you to the really nice people at Staples in Danbury, CT). As exciting as this was for me, I still have not held the book. My mom is in CT and I am in SC (USA). We are about 1,000 miles apart. She picked up the book to edit for me. Here is what it looked like when she got to Staples….

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It looks more like she was taking home a pocket pet from the pet store than picking up a novel!

Her goal was to start editing right away, but my grandmother had to go to the hospital. She had been feeling ill for awhile, but she also lost my grandfather back in May. I believe in broken hearts, so I think everyone thought she was just not herself because of this. My mom finally took her to the ER only to find out she has three kidney stones. They were at the hospital all day yesterday and today it was off to the urologist. She has to have surgery later this week. I really want to just head home for a bit, but I can’t travel comfortably while pregnant.

So with this said, I told my mom NOT to worry about the novel right now. It’s true “Pitch Wars” opens up tomorrow, but I’m not worried. Pitch Wars is for aspiring novelists to enter for a chance to work with a mentor to get their manuscript perfect for submission to a literary agent. I’m still going to enter, but I’m not getting all worried and stressing about it!

With the book done and out of my hands for a few weeks, we decided to get some family time in!

Our local mall has a business called “Palmetto Clayground.” It’s a paint your own ceramics store. Talia was more about dipping the brush in the pain than actually painting, but we have a really cute keepsake and a great memory!

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Of course no day out is complete without a new book!

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I would be this happy too if they would let me on!

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We also had our first swimming lesson this week! Sadly, it only lasted five minutes.

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Another little boy with a SUPER dramatic mother, made himself get sick in the pool because he didn’t want to go in. The mother started crying hysterically and then we had the 3-year-old crying, and the mother crying. We felt bad making Talia get out of the pool because she was so excited to get in, but we will get to go back next week.

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We also hit up Fan Fest with the South Carolina Stingrays over the weekend. Talia was beside herself with excitement, even though there wasn’t a game going on. She scored herself a Trevor Gillies puck and some new clothes because they put everything up for sale at 75% off! We were able to find some stuff she and the baby will be able to wear!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting? What did you read? Check back tomorrow for the weekly book review!

Writing & Publishing

The Hydrogen Sulfate Conundrum

What happens when five dogs eat 20 pounds of cat food? You end up awake all night forced into breathing the wretchedness that is rotten broccoli and dying chicken smell, in the form of hydrogen sulfate. You do this while the main commode for the house continuously runs all night long because it decides to break at 11 pm.

You flush the toilet several times to try and fix it, but each time only changes the sound. First it sputtered. Then it hissed. Next came the foghorn sound, followed by the puttering noise. No matter how much you flush and “jiggle the handle,” the noise just changes like when you forward through a CD. The problem is, all the songs suck except the one you bought the CD for, so you keep skipping to the next track, (Hello, I’m looking at you Adele!).

So this was my night. Lucky for me, all 5 dogs slept with us last night, including Baker who usually sleeps on the couch (not sure if he’s protecting the door or just figures it’s more comfortable than the dog beds we have). Last night he was kind enough to sleep in the bed, with his head at the foot, and his rear end facing me. I have a feeling he was the instigator of getting into the cat food bin, and ate the most. He was the only one who still didn’t want dinner.

Oh, keep in mind, the toddler and the redneck (yes, my husband, whom I love more than anything, is a redneck….just look through my pictures) were also kind enough to add their own hydrogen sulfate to the mix as they slept.

I digress.

Why does this matter? Because I had a LOT to do today….and I am just dragging. Being pregnant takes a lot of energy, but when that alarm went off this morning to get Talia ready for The Little Gym, I was already wide awake.

Bill took Talia to her class, but we had a ton of errands to run and then I needed to get ready for CampNaNoWriMo!

If you have heard of National Novel Writing Month, you know about the challenge to write a novel in a month. Actually, it’s 50,000 words in a month, which is really more of a novella than novel….BUT IT’S IN A MONTH!

In July, Camp NaNoWriMo takes place. There are a lot less rules. The idea is to get you writing. If you’re a writer, you need to check this out. You pick your word count, and you can work on a project in progress…which is my plan.

I am about seven chapters into Seeking Sita, and would like to finish this month so my editor (aka “mom”) can edit. My friend Kim, also a writer, talked me into Camp NaNo and I think having challenges and other writers around via internet will help me meet this goal!

If you are an author and would like to participate, feel free to check out the website and find me!