Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On #Pitchwars and the general awesomeness of my writing peeps

One of the first things I do when I wake up is check my phone. September 3rd was no different. Well, actually it was different. My phone had a scrolling list of notifications, the tone of which was 'congrats.' Huh? Then it dawns on me... #Pitchwars picks were being announced today. Was it possible, maybe I was picked as an alternate? I didn't really let myself consider that I was, you know, picked picked. I rushed to the computer, my phone woefully inadequate for the task of sorting through all the information.

Turns out, I was picked.

Sorry, just drifted off into a state of confused wonder again. Yeah. Picked. (Go #TeamKara!)

None of this would have happened if not for the strong -ahem- encouragement of one C.C. Dowling, CP extraordinaire. I had no plans to enter #Pitchwars, but she informed, cajoled, cheerled and even better, gave me some thoughtful insight on my query (which she is WAY better at than me.)

One of the biggest surprises so far on this journey toward publication and the writing/publishing community in general has been people do want to help you. The best weapon those of us seeking 'traditionally published author' status have is each other. Those hours holed away typing furiously, making weird faces at our computer screens, mumbling dialogue bits, they all take a toll and it's easy to lose perspective (is this really good, or possibly not worthy of wiping away dog drool?)

Good CP's are the ones who help us grip onto the real world, you know, the one where your characters don't actually exist. A great CP is the one who talks to you as if your character does suck oxygen for reals. And when they have to tell you your stuff is dog-drool worthy, they do it with compassion and an aim to help you get better. It's one of the best things about the writing community as I've experienced it so far.

Anyway... thanks C.C. No matter what happens from here, a bazillion agent requests or none, you were pivotal and I'm in your debt.

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