#PitMad 2016

I entered #Pitmad (and #PitchWars) in 2014 with another manuscript (that I thought was AWESOME). I tweeted, I queried, I cried and I begged, but it was to no avail. So I did some thinking, I took the lessons learned from the contests and the gems gleaned in the rejection letters and I polished them up, nice and shiny so they could shed some light on the way forward. I started a new manuscript and took 2015 and early 2016 to complete it, have it edited and beta read, and then had a go at #PitchWars. I got the nicest rejection letters from the mentors, including a particularly encouraging one from Kristen Lepionka, and I realized I had something. It may not be perfect, but it was better than the MS of 2014. If nothing else, I had learned and improved. Then I entered #PitMad on September 8, 2016. I tweeted once:
Bored by small town, Lexi aids newcomer: dark fracking geologist 🔜 💏They stumble on hidden crime, then not just greenies threaten #pitmad #rs

I got 3 favourites, One of them, the Denver based press, Literary Wanderlust, offered me a publishing contract in early October. My book, (working title: A Fractured Land) will be published in the fall of 2017.

I cannot thank Brenda Drake and the Twitter writing community enough. I have learned so much from all of you about plotting, querying, pitching and most importantly, never giving up.


Read more #PitMad happy ever afters HERE



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