First Pitch Worries

Hey People!baby arianna

Hope you had a great July 4th weekend! Mine consisted of being at the hospital because my best friend had a baby girl! Meet little Arianna Rose.

Now, enough baby awws. Time to get down to business…and defeat the Huns! Sorry, I always break into singing Mulan when I say lets get down to buisness…and defeat-

Moving on.

It has been a while since I have gone to a writer’s conference. So I googled last night and found one not far from where I live! So I was ecstatic (No flight or board fees. Yay!). Then I was even happier to see all the great seminars that I found interesting. Finally, the cherry on top was the amazing list of agents and editors that will be attending.

They have ‘pitching block’s’ which have about 20 agents in each block and you get 4 min to pitch your manuscript to them face to face. All the conferences I have gone to have this type of a thing and is one of the best aspects of conferences.

To be honest, I have never pitched my idea. I’ve gone to lots of conferences but always have been too scared to face the agents, I was much more comfortable with e-mailing!

I’m not going to let this opportunity elude me though! I bit the bullet and I signed up for a pitching block as well as a round table with two agents that will critique my query. It will be amazing, I’m absolutely sure!

So that’s the good news. The bad news is…the conference starts in 7 days. So I have 7 days to do as much research on pitching as I can and put one together. I’m having a bit of a nervous breakdown!

But I am coming to terms that whether good news comes from these pitches or not, it will be an invaluable experience.

You have to step out of your comfort zone in order to succeed. If you want amazing things to happen, you gotta start doing amazing things!

 

Cheers,

Missy

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Community Community Community!

Happy July!

The TV show Community was renewed… But that’s not the ‘Community’ I am referring to. Though I think that was worth mentioning.

The month of June, where did it go? I think I missed it. It was really crazy with my birthday, graduating from college, and my close friends wedding. The 4th of July is around the corner and I always spend it at my family Lake House, so I’m getting ready for that now but then things should start slowing down…maybe?

As things get busier and out of hand, I don’t know about you, but that is whephoto 1n I find it the hardest to focus on writing. Soon you feel swept away with life type things and any down time you manage to get you would rather spend burrowed under your covers.

So what are you supposed to do to combat falling further and further from writing? The most useful thing for me is being embedded into a community!

Having a writing community you are active in is so great on many different levels. You are talking and communicating with others who know exactly what you’re going through and understand your passion, obsession, and struggles with writing. Not only is making new friends/acquaintances in the writing world invaluable to your own writing but its also amazing for your psyche. They help you not go insane and feel more grounded.

You have others cheering you on and relying on you to cheer them on. With a community they are pressuring you in a positive way to keep at it! See, peer pressure can be good sometimes. There’s an exception to everything!

Below is a list of a few community’s I know of you can try out! If I miss any that you are especially fond of, don’t hesitate to leave it down in the comments section.

Blogs (Like this one)

AbsoluteWrite

SCBWI’s Blueboard

Figment

Nanowrimo

Writers Digest

Critique Circle

Fiction Press

 

Cheers,

Missy

Songs and Stories

Hello readers,

This week we lost one of the greatest writers of our time, Maya Angelou. I have read a bit of her work and it’s really something special. She was very intelligent and her ‘voice’ was very unique.

I for one will certainly miss having her around. It would seem that everything she said had a purpose and was well thought out with many meanings. One of my favorite quotes of hers was,

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

I think this quote speaks loud to writers.

We don’t write because we have answers, we write because we have a story.

No matter what you write, there is a message you are trying to convey.

As a writer, you need to trust that the readers will come to their own conclusion. That’s what is so magical about sharing your stories. Everyone reads the same words but end in different places.

So don’t feel like you need to have the perfect answer in your writing. It may feel like a solitary experience for a writer but it’s meant to be shared. Books are not meant to be listened to in silence, they are conversations.

 

Cheers,

Missy