Category World Building

Gearing up for #PitchWars 2016

Getting ready for PitchWars can be a daunting task. Not just for mentors, but for mentee hopefuls as well. This is the first year I’ll be entering my MS, and all I can say is there’s an amazing amount of work that goes into getting ready, even when you’re already certain that manuscript is polished and ready. I thought mine was… nope. 🙂

Here’s what I’ve found:

  1. Have your manuscript ready: No matter how much you believe this baby is done, keep refining right up to the submission window. Why? Because things change. I decided to do a quick read-through on mine, did a few chapter swaps, and while I was able to clean up nuances and filler words here and there, I made a very large discovery along the way: my story started in the wrong place...
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Standing Out in the Crowd

Whether you’re a national corporation or just creating your brand, standing out in any crowd is a tough thing to do. Especially with so much focus on assaulting the world with millions of names, logos, and products, it can be difficult to wave your hands and scream “pick me”, and be noticed.

A few things to know:

I. Your brand will be viewed subjectively. Everyone has an opinion. Even with this article, some will crinkle their noses and click away from the site. Bye! Others will stay and be drawn by my words (haha), the layout of the site, or the pretty banners at the top. This is where knowing how to find your audience comes in. Don’t walk into a saloon peddling tea and cookies. The same goes with writers and their stories...

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All Hail the Critique Partner

If you’re a writer and you don’t have one… stop.

Go right now (before you touch that cup of coffee) and find a critique partner… or twelve. It can be a nerve-wracking thing to put your work out there for someone else to see.

Not just read, but have an opinion about.

Gather your courage and know that there’s an evolution to all writing which can only happen outside of ourselves. Here are a few reasons why I recommend at least three critique partners.

I. Our Knowledge is Limited. When I first took the plunge to get random ideas out of my head and on paper, I was struck by how difficult this was. During that time I was in college, a single mother, working, and barely surviving. I mean barely. The only thing I had going was the ambition to make a better life for me and that little girl...

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Pimp My MCs Bio – PitchWars 2016

My name is Kinra.

I’ve been sold, tortured and mutilated. Now I’m hunted by a vicious man, Evran Dunrok, who’s just purchased me from my uncle.

But I have a secret: a son. He’s nearly two now. The first time I held him, just minutes after he was born, was also the last.  He was taken away, but the glowing crescent on my wrist tells me he’s still alive alive. If Evran discovers his whereabouts, we’re both dead.

Physical Description: I’m average height and build, with red hair and green eyes. Nothing special whatsoever. Scars cover almost thirty percent of my body. The ones around my wrists and ankles are the same color as my skin, bronze...

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Don’t Beg & Bully, Engage Your Audience

As I slowly weave my way into the writing world, the biggest thing that stands out to me is the marketing. Truth, it’s a minefield out there and in the modern, digital age it’s even tougher to take your story, hold it up high, and have anyone notice you’re there.

Go to the grocery store and stand in line. I dare you to look in any direction and not be assaulted by advertisements. Yes, assaulted. It’s why half the time I get my groceries delivered. But I digress…

Be the solution. Don’t assault your audience, engage them.

Keep it simple. Remember the 90s when every advertiser was screaming at you from a web page? Banners flashed neon pinks and yellows, marching ants paraded around the border. Don’t be that guy. Seriously, stop trying to blind everyone.

There’s a trend happening in advertisin...

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