Is it for the birds?
Today was #PitMad day, also known as Pitch Wars. These are quarterly events during which unagented writers are invited to pitch their finished, polished novels on Twitter using only 280 characters. Agents and publishers search the tweet pitches for something that interests them.
Adding to my stress today was losing my internet connection for a couple of hours. ARGH!!! It took me a while to figure out how to get it back. It was a simple fix if you know that modems have a reset button. I didn’t. Once I found it and pushed it my connection didn’t resume until maybe an hour later. ARGH!!! At least my modem hadn’t died.
I’ve pitched A Home for an Exile’s Heart for at least a year now without one nibble from an agent or publisher. Today I pitched my other novel, As Wind to Flame. The only folks who paid attention to that tweet were a few fellow writers who re-tweeted my pitch. I re-tweeted a few of theirs, too.
I’m terrible at promoting my writing but I’m trying to do better. So, before PitMad began and now that it’s over, I’ve posted a few tweets about As Wind to Flame. The story is set during the mid-Nineteenth Century. My main character is Theodora (Thea, Tay) Lowell. The inciting incident is the death of Thea’s mother when Thea is ten.
Since I’m promoting myself, I might as well include my tweets. The more exposure, the better, right? Who knows who might be reading my blog or my tweets? Just because the #PitMad pitch event is closed doesn’t mean agents and publishers aren’t still looking for stories.
#As Wind to Flame, trilogy 1841- Boston Adam age 6 meets Thea She - 1 hr old Toothless Red-faced Squalling They’re parted, reunited, and parted again & again. He never dreamed she’ll grow up to be a tough, resilient, beautiful woman who will save his life and steal his heart. * * * * *
#AsWindtoFlame, trilogy 1851 Thea’s 10, her mom dies. Dad is lost in grief. Thea is like a mom to her dad. Everything in Boston reminds Daniel of his wife. He takes the family to CA to be close to his best friend, Adam’s dad. With Adam as her minder, Thea can be a child again. * * * * *
#AsWindtoFlame 1856 Thea age 15 kisses Adam Adam age 22 Don’t do that She I love you He You’re just a child She I know a girl of 13 who’s engaged. He That’s so wrong She You’re a prude He I love you too. You’re not the sister of my blood, you’re the sister of my heart. Thea could’ve wept * * * * * #AsWindtoFlame trilogy 1852, CA He’s 18 She’s 11 He’s her minder She’s his fierce defender To him, she’s like a little sister +11 yrs of love & adventure & heartbreak He’s her only love She’s an ex-Civil War nurse He has a bullet wound & is engaged to her sister. The nurse has a knife... The next PitMad event will probably be during the first week of March. https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/