A Trifecta of Pitch Wars Lessons!

It seems impossible, but Pitch Wars is wrapping up less than two weeks! It’s been an absolute whirlwind of editing, writing, editing, reading and–you guessed it–MORE EDITING! Over the past two months I wrote a whole new ending for THE RADIANCE OF BLACK (almost 30,000 words), cut a full major character POV, and rearranged the opening chapters so it starts with a different main character than I originally planned.

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It was a lot of work, but I think the manuscript is much stronger than it was before. I have to give an enormous shout out to my mentor Hayley Stone for all of her enthusiasm and encouragement during this process. (A huge congratulations is also in order for her and the recent book deal for her book MACHINATIONS and its sequel!) She gave me so many great ideas on how to craft this book into the leaner, meaner and decidedly more readable(er) version we have today. In today’s post, I thought I’m share with you some of the lessons I learned over the last couple months while working with Hayley.
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#PitchWars, huh yeah! What is it good for? Whole bunch of stuff, actually!

Hello Friends!

Our time together is going to be a bit shorter than usual – not another 2,000 word treaties on the majesty of a video game from my childhood (I know you’re terribly disappointed). There are many things a-happening right now in O’Conor Country, but I wanted to take a couple hundred words to talk about some super news!

As you probably already guessed from the title of this post and since you all are so incredibly smart and perceptive (and good looking!) today I’ll be talking a little bit about Pitch Wars! Or you might have read the previous post on this blog where Shauna gave me a fantastic shoutout! (THANKS SHAUNA!)

I’m sure all of our illustrous readers are in tune with all the hubbubs and goings-ons in the writing world, but in case you’re wondering “Just what in the heck is this here Pitch Wars thingie?” IM GLAD YOU ASKED!

You can find out at the blog of the wonderful Brenda Drake!

Basically, unagented writers get the oppotrunity to pitch their manuscripts to agented authors in the hopes of one of them becoming their mentor. If you’re chosen, that mentor will help you edit you manuscript into the best possible shape the two of you can muster! Then after 2 months of grueling edits you get your shiny new manuscript pitched directly to agents! SLUSH FREE YALL! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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