Dec 3, 2014

Breaking Twitter #PitMad

For those of you who are not aware, tomorrow (Dec 4) is the #PitMad (Pitch Madness) event on Twitter.  In short, it's why your Twitter will be acting a little funny tomorrow.

Why is everyone posting book synopses? 

I've only recently discovered this event.  You learn something new everyday in this business, I swear. 

So, how it works is: authors with polished manuscripts and shiny query letters pitch their project in 140 characters or less, in hopes that an agent or publisher will "Like" it.  And if they do, it's an invitation to submit a query and get that baby out of the slush. 

You can tweet your pitch twice an hour, and you can't tweet the same thing over and over or Twitter will think you're a internet-hacking robot and kick you out.

I like to think of it as an opportunity for an opportunity (for an opportunity, and so on).  Apparently, quite a few people have landed agents going this route.

I have my tweets planned, for the most part.  My query letter is practically sparkling.  The Manuscript is a veritable Beta Reader whore.  I'm ready for liking of my tweets.

(this blog post is going in a strange direction, let's get back on track.)

Anywho, if you are interested in participating in this event, assuming you are at this phase of your project, I've found a ton of helpful info here at Diana Urban's blog (one of the #PitMad hosts). 

I'm excited to do something other than send out query letters.  It can get stuffy here in this office sending out "please love me" letters all day.  I'm sure the agents and publishers feel the same way.

Let's party, Twitter.

Are you participating in #PitMad?  Have you had success with this before?  Do share.

Winning.

That's right.  I won NaNoWriMo, which basically means I churned out 50,000 words in 30 days or less.

If it sounds like I'm not excited about this, trust me, I am!  I just finished my second novel.  Is this real life?  It feels amazing, and I'm so obsessed with this whole project right now.

I just don't see this as "winning" really.  I see it more as reaching a goal-- a goal toward a career that I work very hard for.  Winning implies that this was a game to me.

The beauty of NaNoWriMo is that it gives folks who've always wanted to write a novel a deadline and time frame and reason to sit down and do it.  It's all about creating that daily writing habit. (i.e., myself one year ago)

This year, I already had that habit in place.  My feet were already wet and I knew my way around Scrivener.  So, when I hit that 50k goal in 30 days, it felt so damn good, but not like winning.

Here's where I am winning:  Last year, I found out that I was not the only writer in our little military community.  In fact, there are FOUR of us.  Once realizing this, I set up some meetings through the library, created a Facebook group and wrote up little writer's club meeting agendas.  Throughout the year, we've gotten to know each other, became friends, colleagues, supporters and fans.

So, truth be told, I didn't win NaNoWriMo, at least not on my own.  I had an arsenal of support that pushed me through.  When I wanted to stop, they pushed me.  When I got stuck, they lent an ear and an idea.  When I didn't want to write, they made me sprint it out.

It doesn't matter that not one of us writes in the same genre or who is published or trained or just having fun.  Writers were not meant to do this alone.

Stay tuned this week for a little post about my WIP.  I have to share something about it.  I'm that excited.