Tuesday, 6 May 2014
WAS THAT APRIL?
I entered the #NestPitch Contest where I submitted a 35 word pitch plus the first 300 words of a MS. Though I wasn't successful, it was a useful experience in getting that 'elevator pitch' right. How do you hone your 50k + MS into those few words? It's hard. Try it out.
The other competition I entered was the SI Leeds Literary Prize. I thought I'd left it too late to enter, but they extended the closing date so I thought, what the heck. I pressed send and submitted the full MS. Watch this space.
CampNaNo went okay. The plan was to write 50K. Thankfully I was able to change my word count, something you can't do in the November NaNo, and completed a little over 30K towards my new WIP. I'm excited by this new project.
Oh yeah, there was the #April Extravaganza #ukyaday, part of Project UKYA organised by the lovely Lucy. There were lots of UK Young Adult Fiction promotion, sharing author and book recommendations, and a readathon. I read Shattered by Teri Terry, the last instalment in the Slated trilogy; a dystopian thriller about a girl on a journey to find her true identity. I was running with Kyla to the very end. Then there was A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, a wonderful story about a boy dealing with his nightmare. It ate me up and left me crying. Bloody brilliant! And Minty by Christina Banach, her first published novel; a wonderful, poignant story about loss.
Another pitch! I went to the SCBWI workshop: Practical Pitching with Sara O'Connor from Hot Key Books. We worked on our MS title, hook, strapline and three sentence pitch then pitched via 'Hangouts.' It was an invaluable day. I came out with a revised title, a pitch I'm really happy with *thumbs up* and I'm now ready for the next step.
Duh duh duuuuhhh! Submitting to agents. Arh!