I am a true fan of the writing contests, really - I am.
After completing NaNoWriMo in November and winning the Bronze in the 2015-2016 Rudy, I've entered five more contests for 2016 including The Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest, Pitcha Palooza, The Fab 5 contest, The Great Beginnings Contest, and the big one... The Golden Hearts Contest sponsored by the RWA. oh please, oh please - pick me!!
The waiting is where I lose my mind as I have zero stores in the patience department. But... now, I've decided to try my hand at Twitter Pitching.
WHAT? Yes, twitter pitching. The premise of the twitter pitch is to boil your entire 80,000 word novel down to 1 (one) 140 character pitch where agents and publishers can favor it if they like it. If hit the little heart, then you can send your query, synopsis, three chapters, or whatever they want to see, directly to them and in theory, avoid the slush pile. For this particular Twitter pitch party -#PitMad you get to tweet three times for each project from 8am to 8pm on 3.17.16.
Sounds easy, right?
Inside the meager 140 characters, you need to show your hook, voice, highlight conflict, and reveal the stakes. It must also include punctuation, spaces and the proper #tags of course. Oh, and with the tens of thousands of pitches that barrage the agents during this 12 hour span - it really needs to be polished, grab their attention and stand out.
As if writing a novel (or two or three) and trying to get them picked up by an agent to sell to a publisher isn't difficult enough, my naively optimistic self thought this would be fun.
I spent three hours - THREE HOURS!! at the library one night this week, working on TWO sentences - no kidding. When I die and they ask what kind of person I was, I hope that someone tells them that I was tenacious and well rounded, instead of the nail-biting, coffee drinking, pacing-the-floor and talking-to-myself kind of writer that I am. Can ya'll do that for me?
Until next time,