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Tuesday's Pitch Madness Prep

It's five days into March and I'm certain I should be spazzing about something. I have intense goals scattered all over the place. I'm preparing for my next sash level in Kung Fu. I'm in charge of my ward's Easter Program--Music and Speakers. In connection to Easter I decided to embark on a massive origami project involving small rabbit baskets. I've folded over 40 so far.

And a few days ago the submission guidelines for March Pitch Madness went up.

I looked at them and realized several things. My thoughts went a little like this:

  • Oh! I only need a tagline/pitch and the first 250 words! No query yet! Excellent! I can totally do that.

  • Wait. My tagline is all about Raquel. I mean, she's the main character so that makes sense, but...she's not in the first 250 words.

  • This is a problem.

  • *Frets*

  • *Spazz*

  • *Thinks*

  • I can fix it. I just need to get Brandon into the tag and Raquel into the first 250 words. No Problem.

I'm still working on it but I'm confident by this time next week I'll have something. I'm not sure if I'll make it past round one. Of course I really want to but even if I don't, I'm certain there is plenty for me to learn. Every time I do one of these things, Chrysalis gets better and and my writing sickness gets worse. This also gives me motivation to step up my other projects, like website tweaking, blogging, and, you know, my query. >.>

Comments

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brittany_hok
Mar. 7th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
What is "New Adult"? (Is there a new category between YA and Adult? What books are being categorized into that?)

I guess it would be a stronger pitch if the tag and the excerpt matched.. at least for this contest. In another context, like where you'd send the whole first chapter or first ten pages or whatever, I don't think it'd be a problem. Like with all the books that start with a prologue, or with the villain or something. The main character often wouldn't show up in that stuff, either. (Not that I want to make it harder for you to get this done. ^^; ) Have you considered putting a Raquel-centric prologue back in?

In any case! I hope the spirit of competition spurs you forward to succeed! You're certainly better than the average writer, so I'm confident you'll make it further than tons of the entries. ^_^ Good luck!!!
audrey_hok
Mar. 7th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
...I am thinking your Twitter feed is not filled with lit agents and editors. >.>
audrey_hok
Mar. 7th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
I just realized that sounded terribly rude. Sorry! It was meant to be teasing!

The New Adult buzz took the Twitter lit folks by storm...two months ago? Maybe further back. I have vague memories of it getting mentioned around the time of Hurricane Sandy. Anyhow, you are correct, New Adult targets the college/post college age, roughly around 18-30ish?

It's a very new genre--right now I don't think there are any books in physical print for that category (or if there are, there are very few), though there are some e-books. Basically the publishing houses are trying to create a new genre! We'll know they're successful if the bookstore start organizing books that way. XD
brittany_hok
Mar. 7th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
XD No, actually, it's not. It's full of comic artists and publishers, and fiction writers. But don't worry! I just took your comment to mean that there is news that I missed.

I would get on board with this New Adult thing! Adult tends to be dry and boring to me, with characters and events that I don't really relate to, but though I feel myself at the same "life beginnings" as YA characters, I am really getting tired of the high school scene. I hope it takes off.
gwynne_hok
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
I have considered all of those things ^^; I'm considered the prologue but it doesn't match with the book anymore. What I think I'm going to do is rework those first 250 words to get mentions of Raquel (Brandon not remembering something important while he's arguing with Aithley) while making sure to stick him in tag as the Very Important Dangerous Boy. Or something.

Audrey answered the New Adult question really well! I have mixed feelings about it. I think a lot of the stuff I write would fit well in that category, except it seems to be more geared towards contemporary fiction than science fiction or fantasy. 9thEvent is definitely something I could see as New Adult. It would let me age up the characters a little bit.
brittany_hok
Mar. 12th, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
You know, I looked up "New Adult" to see what the internet had to say, and it told me that New Adult is basically for things like Fifty Shades of Gray. Sure, I want romances that go a little further than in teen YA books (or that at least handles romance with different lenses than YA does, since a lot of YA does go further these days), but that distinction makes me really disappointed. I don't think it has to be kinky to be intended for an older audience, and I don't think sexual exploration is the only thing New Adult readers are hungry for in their entertainment. :(
audrey_hok
Mar. 7th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Sounds like you have a very exciting month ahead for you! I am sure you will accomplish everything with grace, finesse, and general awesome.

Good luck with Pitch Madness. It sounds like a lot of fun, even if you don't make it past the first round. Give it your best!
gwynne_hok
Mar. 11th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
*Bows* Thank you for your belief in my abilities ^^; I really want to make it past round 1. Even if no agents throw darts at my pitch, I just want to make it into Round 2...

I'm also entering a "Favorite Line/Best Line" contest an agency is doing on tumblr this week. ^_^
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