Pitch Witchery

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So I pitched to Becca Stumpf of Prospect Agency today via the chat room over at FF&P. It was less than 10 minutes, but got a nicely enthusiastic response and a request for 30 pages. (Which I’ll send either tonight or tomorrow.) In theory, I suppose that was only my 4th real pitching session (counting the 3 face-to-face ones at RT). In some ways it was easier – I’m here, in front of my computer, so it’s not like I have to try to speak clearly or be cheerful or make eye contact. Didn’t stop my hands from shaking a little anyway, but lucky for me I was able to cut and paste most of what I had to say. In other ways, the experience was harder. I mean, sure – they can’t see me…but I can’t see them either. Sometimes it’s hard to judge – are they bored by… Read more

Big Fish, Little Fish

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You know, hanging out at RT and waiting to pitch this past week was a real eye-opener. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that while there is a big difference between being pubbed and not being pubbed, in some ways there’s an even bigger difference in what sort of pubbed author that you are. And that’s not to say anyone was nasty about it at RT, but clearly there does seem to be a line drawn between epubs and hard copy pubs. Whether that’s something that was caused by the big RWA bru-ha-ha a few months ago or just something that’s always sort of been there, I really couldn’t say. I do think there seems to be a misconception about the quality of writing between books that are epubbed and those that are printed and that’s a shame. I won’t lie – I *do* prefer hard… Read more

Morning, the third. :)

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I have to give a shout out to Liz this morning, who did such an awesome job with my hair last nigh (pictures to follow shortly). I had big fat curls, all piled on top of my head…totally amazing. (Sorta like I imagine Piper’s hair actually, so kinda cool from that perspective too). I had no idea my hair could even look like that. So *hugs* to Liz. And *hugs* to Jeffe for talking us through our pitch madness yesterday. Couldn’t ask for better friends. The faery ball itself was very nice too – the costumes were great. Spent quite a bit of time chatting up some EC authors. Got some web work from one of them. 🙂 I debated entering the contest, but in the end I was just entirely too chickenshit and I didn’t. *shrugs* Prancing around on the stage just isn’t my thing, I guess. The shoes… Read more


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Two down. Two to go. Actually it’s more like 3 down, since one of the people I was supposed to pitch to tomorrow had a conflict and just said to send her the first 3 chapters up front. That and a short note and it goes to the top of the slush pile. The actual pitching went well. Nervous as hell initially but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought. Got a request for the first 50 pages from one and the first 3 chapters from the other, so that’s my goal next week. Has me thinking that I don’t know if I have enough of a hook for the pitch, but hopefully the writing sample will do what I need it to. Now it’s time for a little rest, another mixer or two and then the ball. My roomies are going to do my hair, yay!… Read more

Whee! Greetings from RT!

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Ok…here for less than 24 hours, but I can already tell it’s going to be a good time. Pros: 1) The guy at security in the airport flirted with me. Said my eyes were hypnotic and then mumbled something about getting into trouble. Erm? 2) The airplane was late, but the seat next to me was *empty*. Yay. Room to stretch out. 3) Roomies are fun! 4) Jacuzzis are fun! Cons: 1) Roomies snore! (or at least one of them does – and you’d think I’d be used to it by now since mr myn snores. However, it seems kinda rude to reach out across the room and kick Liz in the butt with my foot like I do with him.) 2) The motherfucking mockingbird that sat outside our room and sang ALL DAMN NIGHT. “TWIT TWIT TWIT. WHOO WHOO WHOO. ACKY ACKY ACKY“. I honestly didn’t recognize what birds… Read more