#WriteMotivation March, #PitchMadness and Dear God the Pressure

(One of these days, my #writemotivation goal is going to be to update this blog twice a week just to see if I go crazy…)

Happy #Writemotivation March! While it’s past time to sign up on K.T. Hanna’s blog officially, if you’re not a part of it and you want to hang out where a lot of awesome writers are cheering each other on, check out the Twitter hashtag and feel the love. It’s gotten a whole lot bigger since January, and I for one am excited to get to know the new faces and see how everyone is doing and what they’re working on.

Here are the goals I signed up with:

  • Clean up and polish WIP: For reason I’ll elaborate on a little further down, this one just got a WHOLE lot more urgent, so not achieving this one is not going to be an option.
  • Comment on at least three fellow writers’ blogs once a week: There are like 40 of them now to choose from, and I’m excited to start reading them. I read all the time but am terrible about leaving comments, even when I have something to say.
  • Start thinking about New Project: This was 100% going to be a multiple-POV contemporary fantasy – an idea that my dad, for some reason, is just over-the-moon about – but now I have a new plot bunny to consider as well: A gritty sci-fi with a teleporting chick. Not sure which one will take over. I think my dad will kill me if I sideline the contemporary fantasy one again, though, so if I disappear, that might be why.

On top of these, I enlisted my book in the March Madness Agent Pitch Match that’s being run by Brenda Drake, Shelley Watters and C.A. Marshall with a big assist from Erica M. Chapman. They’re reading through 150+ entries I believe and choosing the ones they think are the best (no word on how many that will be – they’re staying flexible), and then 10 super-awesome literary agents will get to bid on the finalists on March 14th.

It’s a hell of an opportunity, and yesterday morning before the first submission window, I was pretty much a wreck of nerves. I spent late Thursday night perfecting my entry and then hovered in my email with my cursor over the send button until I saw the call go out on Twitter. It filled up in – literally – one minute, but I managed to squeak in there. It made me giddy all day, but now I’m mostly nervous. My WIP still needs a polish over the next week, so it’s ready in the off-chance I make the final cut…and in the off-chance that any of the agents actually want to see it.

Let’s just say there’s a lot of off-chances involved in this one. If nothing else, it’ll be a learning experience to see which entries make the final cut and get bids so I can tweak my own pitch in the future.

Also – IMPORTANT NOTE: If you’re a novelist, you may want to go ahead and follow Brenda, Shelley and C.A.’s blogs because rumor has it they’re planning an even BIGGER contest in May.

On top of all this, The Man and I are prepping for our big move next weekend into our very first (and gorgeous, if I may say so) house, so there’s packing and cleaning and organizing.

And I turn 29 tomorrow. Which is weird because I keep forgetting about birthday stuff in the face of all of this.

Conclusion: March is starting off busy, but in a good way.

How is your March starting off?

17 thoughts on “#WriteMotivation March, #PitchMadness and Dear God the Pressure

  1. Good luck with everything!

    (I totally hear ya about not commenting on blogs. I had to make that a goal or I’d never do it!)

  2. Happy Birthday! You have some great goals, and KT is a great motivator. Good luck with all the changes. It can be difficult to write during a move, but even ten minutes a day can make a huge difference.

    1. Thanks, Heather! And yeah – it’s going to be a bit challenging, but this way I can just have one crazy, hectic week and get it all out of the way for a bit. πŸ™‚

  3. Good luck! That’s so awesome – I’ll be nervous for you so you can go do other stuff πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday – thrilled to be getting to know you!!

    1. Ha! I would love to be able to do stuff like that – outsource nervousness. That would be awesome!

      And thanks, Ann! I’m glad to be getting to know you, too – you’re just the sweetest!

  4. Thanks for the shout out! Good luck ;o)

    I remember what it was like to wait. I was in the Baker’s Dozen in December on Miss Snark’s First Victim blog (she has contests each month with an agent). I was SO nervous, but I told myself, this isn’t my only shot, and lots of blogs have cool contests like this one ;o) It helped me get through the hard parts.

    Great post!

    1. Thanks! And thanks for the birthday wishes! It’s been a good day so far.

      I wasn’t ready for the past Baker’s Dozen, but I watched it all play out. I actually love watching these contests, even if I’m nowhere near in the running. How’d it go for you, if I may ask?

      I’m going to try to keep that advice in mind over the next week or so. It’ll definitely be tough to wait to see the final cut, and I’m sure the competition is pretty fierce, so there are no guarantees. Just keep pluggin’ away – that’s all we can do. πŸ™‚

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