Wednesday, September 22, 2010

and the winner of the paragraph pitch contest was...

not me. :( Oh well, you know, I'm new to this and it takes a long time to get it right. I really enjoyed reading the winning entries, though. I would love some of the books they described.

The really exciting news is that, in true Sarah Timmons style, I am taking a half-day off work tomorrow as an early birthday gift to myself to do a webinar by agent Mary Kole. She will be teaching about all the ins and outs of what is required for making your book publish-worthy. Not only do I get to participate in the hour and a half webinar, but I get access to all the materials for a year, AND (here's the good part) I get to submit the first 500 words of my book to her for a critique. I'm so excited to get some relevant feedback on my writing. I'll let you know how it goes!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

paragraph pitch

I've been reading a lot of writing blogs lately. There's so much information out there from authors, author-hopefuls, and agents. I've even stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and entered a few contests that involve "pitching" my book. The first one I entered had to be in Twitter format (140 CHARACTERS -not words- or less), and was really difficult. I didn't even come close to winning, but I learned so much from trying to squeeze all the information into that short space while still being unique and packing a punch.

The most recent contest I entered was a little longer- a paragraph pitch to be no longer than 5 sentences. It ends tomorrow at midnight, and then the agent will judge the entries. The winner gets a query critique or a first chapter critique. It's so fun and intriguing (and a bit intimidating) to read all the other people's entries and see what kind of books they are writing. So anyway, I decided to post my paragraph pitch here as well. Let me know what you think!
Here goes nothin':
Elliana thought the stories her abuela told her were just family legends. But when her clumsy behavior lands her in alternative school, obsessive-compulsive Jillian and mind-reading wannabe Javier help her delve into her own untapped power. While on a trip to Mexico to visit her grandmother, Elliana accidentally unleashes the spirit of an ancient ancestor, banished inside the binding tree, who has been waiting to return to power for over four hundred years. As the ghost gains strength by stealing the memories of her loved ones, it's a race between deception that's centuries in the making and awkward teenage self-discovery. Can Elliana realize her own strength before she loses her family- and their history- forever?
Thanks to Shelli at Market My Words for hosting the contest and getting my mind to work in new directions!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

in case you didn't know

It's my birthday month!

This is what I want for my birthday.
I'm starting to hyperventilate just thinking about it.