A Confession

First of all, apologies for the hiatus. My computer stopped working on me and I just got it back a couple of days ago. I have all of next week off work though so expect some new posts!

After some serious thought, I have decided to post some of my work online again. Despite all the issues I had with some people (copyright & Goodreads listings), I miss having readers. While I have managed to find a few beta readers, it’s hard and so far I haven’t heard anything back from them yet. It’s killing me, but having just been a beta reader, I know it isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

So I will be posting a few of my finished and unfinished works soon. Anything that I am currently querying or revising will not be uploaded, but I have about four I’d like to add to the Wattpad community. Two will be stories I used to have up that people have been asking me to re-upload.

2016 has been a hard year writing and querying wise. I’m getting to the point to where I want to get my work published so bad and not too much is going regarding that. I’ve gotten some great feedback on one of my books, but the other two get requests for more material only to be told it doesn’t seem marketable to the requesting agents. It’s disheartening.

While I am considering self-publishing, I want to be sure before doing it. I’ve pretty much given up my childhood dreams of being as recognizable as R.L. Stine and while it hurts, growing up often does. While making a living off something I love doing is always a dream, I’ve always wanted readers more. It’s a struggle to want readers yet still stand out in a world of millions of authors. But the drive to get published is beginning to take the fun out of writing, and that is something I can not allow.

I have been writing stories since I was eight years old and making them up for as long as I can remember. It will always be a part of me. Even when I’m not writing, I’m still making up stories, even if it’s just about the motives of everyday people I pass on the street. To have writing become a chore rather than passion would be worse than never becoming a published author.

Maybe having readers again will also help me to become more inspired. Lately I just haven’t been feeling it and I feel like not having readers and the weight of rejection in the publishing world are playing big roles in that. So if you want to check out my work, please follow me on Wattpad and you will be notified when I begin posting. I’ll probably also post updates on my Facebook, Twitter, and on here as well though you will have to sign up to read everything.

And if you have any tips or similar stories to what I’m currently facing, I’d love to hear about it.

 

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What I’m Working On: September 2014 #2

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Hey guys, thanks for sticking with me this week. Still trying to everything with my computer back to normal.

 

Not a whole lot has happened, except that I did #PitchMadness on Tuesday. It was pretty fun and there were a lot of neat pitches floating around on Twitter. I got two agents/agency favorites so I have sent my query and chapters for Whispertown out. I haven’t heard anything yet, but I’ll still be excited that someone found my pitches intriguing. It’s a good step toward querying. Which, due to life events, I haven’t gotten to yet. But I definitely think Whispertown is the way to go.

I’m excited that October is almost here. During that month, I will try to do some Halloween/scary themed book recommendations and Book vs Movie posts. Sound good?

 

 

 

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What I’m Working On: September 2014

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Hey guys, not too much to report. I still haven’t went back to Chalts though I have the document open. Just looking for the right opportunity.

 

My results for Pitch Wars came back a few days ago. Whispertown wasn’t chosen BUT I did receive three out of four responses explaining why it didn’t make the cut. Two of the responses stated that it was one of their top picks but didn’t make the final or alternate cut.  Another liked the concept and title but gave some constructive criticism to make it better.

 

Now my plan is to participate in #PitchMadness next week and start querying Whispertown. If I don’t get anywhere, I’ll move onto another book. And I won’t stop until one day, my name is in the bookstores.

 

 

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Query/Agent/Publishing News: My First Submission

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Hey guys! So I’m really excited/anxious/nervous right now because I just sent my first query letter out. Unlike the last one, where I was guaranteed some sort of response to help future queries, this one has gone out to a literary agency that I’ve had my eye on for the last few months. I think it’s a really great fit for Peace Represent, and hopefully they’ll feel the same way.

So, cross your fingers for me! I plan to send queries for Peace out to a few more agencies before NaNoWriMo starts next month.

 

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Query/Agent/Publishing News: Pitch Madness Results & #PitchMad

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Hey guys. So the #PitchMadness results have been posted. Unfortunately, Peace Represent wasn’t one of them, but you know what? That is okay. No, really. See, I knew going in that it would be a miracle if it was chosen due to the story content.

Based on my first rejection, it’s hard to “sell” religion in the mainstream market. So I knew that would be a challenge. But here are a list of things that #PitchMadness has done for me even though my book wasn’t selected:

1. Got to meet/connect to new writers and slush readers.

2. Kicked procrastination in the face and finally got several lengths of my pitch and query letter completed.

3. Felt confident about my entry.

4. Didn’t feel any of the tweets regarding why a pitch/story wasn’t selected applied to me.

5. Learned a few things from watching the #PitchMadness feed on Twitter.

6. Got new Twitter followers.

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So yeah, even though Peace Represent didn’t make #PitchMadness, I don’t regret entering or spending time on it. The pros definitely outweighed the cons. Those who didn’t make #PitchMadness can participate in #PitMad, where instead of a under 35 word pitch, you have up to 140 characters on Twitter. I’m supposed to be out of town that week, but if I can get internet access, I’m definitely going to give it a gtry. After all–what can it hurt?

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Query/Agent/Publishing News: Pitch Madness & My First Query Letter

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Hey guys. I haven’t done any more agent research (I know, I know!), but that’s because I’ve been busy with other things. Like writing and submitting a short story for the Choice Out Loud contest and condensing my current pitch to be under thirty-five words (quite a challenge) for #PitchMadness.

What’s #PitchMadness? Basically, if you have a completed novel, you submit a thirty-five maximum word pitch along with the first two hundred and fifty words of your manuscript. Then slush readers go through the submissions and pick the best ones. Eventually there will be sixty final entries. Then the agent round begins, in which agents begin to compete for books that they want.

So I submitted Peace Represent and am anxiously waiting to hear the results in September. If it doesn’t make it, there will be another but different pitch contest on September 12th. The only problem with this is that I will be out of town so I’m really hoping that my pitch is one of the chosen ones. But, if not, I’ll just suck it up and keep trying. I do plan to get back into agent researching, though.

I did manage to write my first query letter. It’s definitely not an easy task, but I feel very accomplished now. I plan to send it to an agent who is offering to critique queries so I can know what I’m doing right and what I’m doing wrong.

I’ll be eagerly waiting for the results of PitchMadness as well as my query critique in the meantime.

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Query/Agent/Publishing News: Pitch Work & Agent Research

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Hey guys. Since last weekend, I’ve been researching literary agencies to find the best ones that match the book I’m querying. So far I have eleven possibilities. Today I started on my book pitches. Writing a book pitch is a lot harder than it looks, but it seems like the more I work with it, the better they get. I can’t share my research or my pitches, but I think I’m doing well with it so far. I also plan to enter some pitch contests soon.

 

 

 

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