End of #SonofaPitch Round 2 – my take

b36ce-soap-finalI thought I’d write a post for those folks in the Son of A Pitch contest since our time is drawing to a close. I wrote a similar post back in February, when the contest had it’s first run and was winding down. I’m not gonna lie – I was tempted to copy and paste all those words here. If you want to read the earlier post, click … Wait, maybe you shouldn’t. I might repeat myself.

Working with so many talented people has been an honor. (And that includes the amazing judges/hosts as well.)  Your creativity was daunting and the hours dedicated obvious. Quite frankly, I grew a little tired of only being allowed 250 word chunks of stories I wanted to plow through with a cup of java in hand. So, there you have it – kudos.

The voting part of the contest will conclude Round 2 of Son of a Pitch, and I gotta tell ya, that’s my least favorite part. After working with you guys and seeing edits #1 through #10, I’ve grown to care for your success, your characters and your words. (I would say you too, but that tinkers with the parallelism, so I hope that one goes without saying.) I don’t like the thought of participation medals, never have, but I find myself wanting to pass out votes like they’re nickel candy. But you and I both know that won’t do. There’s a part of me that hopes each of you are proud of putting your words out there.

So, I’ve got the next couple hours to decide how I’m going to approach handing out votes. No, strike that. You’ve all worked hard this week – trimming, rephrasing, and honing. Let’s say how I’ll be awarding votes. See, I don’t like that either. So, how I’ll be voting. I think I can live with that. I’ll swing by all spots tomorrow to make up my mind – so if you’ve got an updated version, show that baby off.

Between now and then, I’ll finish visiting the ones I’ve missed, answer any questions, and figure out my voting plan… might be on total transformation or quality of hook. It certainly won’t be based on hours vested because then I’d need a vote for all. Katie already tolerates my whines about voting, I won’t throw mutiny in the mix.

I hope you all walk away with a little more in your basket than you arrived with. I know I will. And my TBR future book list grew by leaps and bounds. If you want to let me know how your baby fares in the world, please do. I’d like that.

Best of luck to all of you and thanks for playing. Seriously.

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Hades out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son of a Pitch ROUND 2

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Welcome to Son of a Pitch, Week 2, version 2.0.

You remember the rule … right? 

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Only comment on your own entry.

Please.

Authors will be stopping by to make suggestions, add comments or post questions about your query and first 250. The goal is to help you craft a stronger query and intro. (Taking the advice is not required.)

 

Here is the list of entries on Team Hades.

Entry #1 From Flame To Ash

Entry #2 Molfar

Entry #3 A Brief Illness

Entry #4 The Freshman Reinvention

Entry #5 Old Man Boone

Entry #6 Trading Stitches

Entry #7 Eden

Entry #8 The Water Child

Entry #9 Gale 

Entry #10 Soul Bound

Entry #11 Era of Echoes

 

And here are the OTHER entries on the OTHER sites

Elizabeth Roderick – http://talesfrompurgatory.com/news/

Samantha Bryant – http://samanthabryant.com

Tegan Wren – https://writingwithtegan.wordpress.com

Kathy Palm – https://findingfaeries.wordpress.com

#SonofaPitch round 2 preview

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Tomorrow kicks off Son of a Pitch, Week 2, version 2.0.

This week, the entries for ten eleven writers will be posted on my site. (And forty-some others will be posted on four other sites.)

Fans, family members, writing partners, average Joe’s, former teachers, and BFF’s are asked NOT to comment on other entrants’ posts. You can tweet, twerk, tweak or whatever you want to your own entry, but you cannot comment on anyone else’s. Or it will be bad.

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Authors will leave feedback for the entries. If I leave feedback on your entry (which I will), feel free to ask me follow up questions.

The other participating writers are: Samantha Bryant, Em Shotwell, Elizabeth Roderick, Tegan Wren, Andrea Berthot, Ayden Morgen, and Kathy Palm! The top twenty entries will be selected and posted on Friday.

Here is the list of entries on Team Hades. Links will go live tomorrow morning at 7:00-ish am (fingers crossed).

Entry #1 From Flame to Ash

Entry #2 Molfar

Entry #3 A Brief Illness

Entry #4 The Freshman Reinvention

Entry #5 Old Man Boone

Entry #6 Trading Stitches

Entry #7 Eden

Entry #8 The Water Child

Entry #9 Gale

Entry #10 Soul Bound

Entry #11 Era of Echoes

 

Son Of A Pitch Returns… and so shall I

b36ce-soap-finalThe Son Of A Pitch pitching contest will have a second run starting September 5th and I’ve signed up to return as a host.  (Not sure what Son Of A Pitch is? Click here to visit Katie Teller’s website to learn more about the contest.)

There’s a theme this go round…  Heroes and Villains. Disney Heroes and Villains, to be exact.

While the story of Hercules is one of my favorite, Herc wasn’t the one who stood out when I was making my decision.

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This guy was…

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That’s right, I’m TEAM HADES. How could I not chose the good ole God of the Underworld. His sidekicks are named Pain and Panic. What better terms to describe the feelings associated with writing a query letter or receiving rejections? And who better to represent that desperate feeling that you’d almost sell your soul or travel to the ends of the earth to get your book out there?  Now, publishing is not the underworld and I’m not suggesting any correlations… but…

Son of a Pitch is designed to help you beef up your first 250 words and hone your query. Feedback will be offered from peers, authors and then publishers will get a peek at your revised work. That’s it. Easy as Pie. No soul bartering required.

Not yet, anyway.

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Check out the full details on Katie’s page and join us.