IWSG Day & The Next Phase

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OMG, it’s September already?! Where has the time gone? Well at least it’s the favorite time of the month for us writers because it’s IWSG Day. The first Wednesday of the new month where writers come together on a blog hop. To help support each other in their success and when they’re downtrodden. Thanks goes to Alex Cavanaugh for creating this camaraderie between us.

And thanks goes to the awesome co-hosts for the September 6 posting of the IWSG: Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure! Don’t forget to stop by and say hi. 😀

Interested in joining us? Click on the badge above. Our Twitter hashtag and handle are #IWSG and @TheIWSG.

What’s going on with me this month?

Well, I’m back from my blogging break. But now that I’m back, I hardly know what to blog about. Coming up with posts for the next couple of weeks won’t be as easy as my first post back. A “To or Not To” post about pen names. If you’d missed it, please visit and add your two cents. Continue reading

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How to Pitch Like a TV Guide

How to Pitch Like a TV Guide

First off, Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone is enjoying their day off and barbecue.

Second, in the words of that pilot once abducted by aliens from the Independence Day movie…

“I’m bbbaaaccckkkkkk!”

And this time for good, well until my next possible break in November for NaNoWriMo which won’t nearly be as long. So yes. I’m back. Blogging every Monday at 8. And just in time for the third session of #PitMad of the year which is happening this Thursday on September 8.

If you’re not familiar with the rules visit Brenda Drake’s website. If you’ve participated in #PitMad before or other pitch events and it was a bust, don’t give up hope yet.

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#PitMad Round III- The Do’s and Don’ts of PitMad

#PitMad Round III

Are you ready for another round of #PitMad? This Wednesday is round 3. And if you have a completed manuscript or you missed the last session, then here’s your chance.

But first, let’s go over the do’s and don’ts in participating in Twitter pitch.

Do

  • Pitch your book in 140 and less characters
  • Include your book’s genre and subgenre hashtags
  • Apologize to your followers for the constant pitching
  • Pitch 2x an hour, from 8am-8pm
  • Show support by retweeting your favorite pitches
  • Research the agent/publisher whose favorited your pitch
  • Query and follow their submission guideline
  • Remind the agent/publisher why you’re contacting them in your query

Don’t

  • Include images in your Twitter pitch
  • Query and contact an agent/publisher who did not favorite your pitch
  • Favorite pitches; the favorite button is for pitches agents/publishers like
  • Pitch an uncompleted manuscript
  • Pitch more than 2x an hour and under different/multiple accounts

To find out more about the rules of pitching on Twitter, read:

How to Write a Great Twitter Pitch by Ava Jae

Ten Tips for Twitter Pitching by Gina Denny

The 7 Rules of Twitter Pitching by Gina Denny

Monday Musings: Pitch to Win by Amy Trueblood

And if you happen to miss #PitMad this month, then there’s always the next one on December 4, 2015.
Are you participating in #PitMad? Have you participated in similar Twitter pitches? 

Happy Labor Day!

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Authors Rejoice- #SFFpit is Coming!

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An interesting thing happened two weeks ago. As you know June 4th was #PitMad day. I couldn’t take part, but I did my fair share of cheering and retweeting. After awhile I searched the Twitter feed for authors pitching their fantasy genre-subgenre novels. And stumbled onto something called #SFFpit.

Of course, I was all ‘what in the what?’ Curious, I clicked the link and what did I discover? Another and more genre focused pitching contest. Geared towards, and you guessed it by the ‘SFF,’ science fiction & fantasy authors.

Now here’s a bit of history about #SFFpit…It was first held on June 11, 2014 and December 9, 2014. So this is their second year. Didn’t have much success with your SSF manuscript last #PitMad session? Well, you now have a second chance. Continue reading