27 August 2014

Who Wants In?

Can't talk for long, I'm deep in the editing trenches, getting attacked on all sides by passive voice and a weak subplot!

So the high of entering Pitch Wars has mostly died down, since I'm about 99.99999999999999% sure that I'm not going to get picked by a mentor. We won't know for sure until the 3rd, but since I haven't gotten a request for a synopsis or more pages, I'm doubtful. But apparently there's a chance you can still get picked if one of the mentors feels strongly enough just reading the first chapter. *sigh* So I have no idea. I mean, I think my first chapter is good, but will anyone else?

Anyway, I'm still trying to edit as much as I can with this outlook in mind: if I did somehow get picked, what parts of my manuscript would I not want the mentor to see? *cough* sex scene *cough* So that's how I'm approaching it, as well as going through trying to fine tune the language--which mostly consists of trying to cut down on all of my uses of the word "was." This is the kind of thing I'm dealing with here:

Someone hand me my machete. It's a jungle of WAS!
Anyhoo, what I really need right now are some victims volunteers for the Meet My Character blog tour! It's super awesome. All you have to do is answer seven questions about your WIP's main character. Sounds fun, right? I'm obsessed with my characters so I was all over it. Check out Heather M. Gardner's post to see an example. And these are the seven questions you'd have to answer:

1) What is the name of your character?  Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
2) When and where is the story set?
3) What should we know about him/her?
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
7) When can we expect the book to be published?

Easy and fun, right? All I need are three volunteers to pass this along to, so let me know in the comments if you'd like to do it and I'll send you an email with the details. My post is this upcoming Monday, so you would do yours a week later (not that I'm strict about it--hell, do it whenever you want!). 

Oh, and since this post falls on the day that Jordan usually takes over, I'm going to be doing a joint post with him. I figured he wouldn't mind since I'd be answering all the questions about him, anyway. This could be a complete disaster, so make sure to come back and check it out! :)

And volunteer! I'll make you cupcakes! Ok, maybe not, since I can't email a cupcake, but you know...


  1. Good luck with the editing, and I hope you hear good news on the Pitch Wars soon.

  2. What a fun hop! I'd love to play along. (You have my email, right?) My toes are crossed for you with Pitch Wars. It's such a HUGE competition.

  3. Fingers crossed. Toes, too! I know it's a tough competition. Good luck with editing!!!

  4. Good luck with your edits! And I hope you get picked by a mentor. My fingers are crossed for you! I would do the Meet my Character blog tour, but I am up to my ears with my own tour and other blog posts, so I hope you can find some victims soon. ;)

  5. All things that are crossable are crossed for you! Contests are so much fun, but also stressful at times.

  6. Good luck on your editing thing and hope it gets picked by your mentor. Thanks.

  7. Good Luck with getting picked...how exciting. I think it's cool that you entered. I would be willing to do your Meet My Character blog tour. Lately my blog has been silent so this would be a big plus. If you need my email just let me know. :)

  8. Oh yes that feeling of waiting, will they, won't they, I wish you all the best. Meanwhile good luck on those edits, 'had' is usually my word to eliminate during edits!