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A Writer’s Workshop Group

Good Morning! 🙂

I’ve been dying to write this post for some time, and with the #PitchWars hashtag party in full swing, now is as good a time as any.

Near the end of 2016, one of my amazing critique partners, A. J. Super, formed a workshop group. The idea was a group of people who all write in the same age category and genre to tackle queries together. Since queries are murderous to write, of course I was 5000% on board. This was hands down one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only is my workshop group AMAZING, I’ve learned so much from them that my query skills have gone to a whole new level. What used to be a pile of ‘save the world’ generalizations has turned into somewhat concise queries. Not perfect, but leaps and bounds ahead of where they were.

Here’s some things I learned a...

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#PimpMyBio – K. J. Harrowick

Welcome to Hàlön Chronicles! Home of dragons and spaceships (soon in a novel together), swords and sorcery.

I currently reside in the misty woods and mountainous terrain of the Pacific Northwest, but longing for blue waters and summers filled with warmth and sunshine. Most of my days are spent arguing with my characters, drinking Great Gatsby cocktails, and falling down conspiracy rabbit holes. Though I imagine someday my life might look something like this.

BLOOD & FIRE, ASH & BONE
Taming of the Shrew meets Eragon in this twisted tale of revenge and sacrifice, a three POV adult fantasy following a castoff daughter, a lonely king, and a vengeful captain desperate to recreate magical healing fire.

This blend I created tells a lot about the world my main characters live in (click to enlarg...

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Set Your Daily #PitchWars Goals – And Meet Them

July is here, and the #PitchWars hashtag party has begun. Writers are connecting to other writers, making new friends and CPs (critique partners), and the mentors have started their hilarious, fun-loving wars with one another.

As the excitement ramps up, it can be tough to close your browser window and focus on your work. Because hey, who doesn’t love a party? But that submission deadline is looming, and you’ll want your best, prettiest, most polished manuscript to shine like a beacon. You’ve still got work to do, so let’s get started:

I. SET DAILY GOALS
You know how much work needs to be finished before the August 2nd deadline. Take that giant pile of work and *gasp*… use fractions. Break it up into daily workloads you can accomplish...

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Get the Most Out of #PitchWars

Every year, thousands of hopeful writers enter #PitchWars for a chance to work with a mentor and hopefully score some requests in the agent round. This will be my second year entering, and the contest is AMAZING. If you have a polished manuscript, be sure to check out all the PitchWars details and get ready for some awesome fun.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

There are two things you’ll always hear around the #PitchWars hashtag:
1. The Community is the best part of PitchWars.
2. Don’t self reject.

I agree 100% with both of these statements, and they are two of many ways to get the most out of PitchWars. But I want to talk about something else: Personal Goals.

What do YOU want to get out of PitchWars?

Because no matter how your personal experience goes, most of us aren’t going to get sel...

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Ilavani Cover Reveal

Greetings everyone 🙂

I’m so happy to announce that on 13th June, the first installment of Science Fantasy series ILAVANI will be available on Amazon.

So… confession time. I met author Kaelan Rhywiol in 2016 during PitchWars and she is both a wonderful person and a fantastic storyteller. Lucky enough to read an earlier draft of Ilavani, I fell onto a planet of beautifully diverse, genetically-modified characters far away from earth. Ilavani embraces a large cast immersed in a world of love, betrayal, war and intense sexuality. And Kaelan blends her world-building, romance and tension so beautifully that the story never stops pulling you deeper into its exotic mysteries.

Without further ado, crafted and designed by the authoress herself, the cover for Ilavani and details on where you can...

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