I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and will not be making regular updates this month. This post serves as a general update on Camp NaNoWriMo and some other hot topics I’ve seen online.
I am continuing my rewrite of the novella I finished last year. It’s going from a 30K word zero draft, to a more fleshed out 90K novel. It is currently at 50K and I want to complete the draft during Camp NaNoWriMo this month.
So far I’ve written about 6,200 words, I know I’m a bit behind. But, I am going to be spending a good deal of time writing this weekend.
Twitter & Pitch Wars
If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I retweeted about pitching and querying. I don’t have a strong stance on the Pitch Wars entry fee that created a stir online last week (and which was later replaced with their free model). However, there were some good opportunities coming out of that which I wanted to share.
Glad to see #PitchWars scrapped the entry fee, but: aspiring authors! Want to get your work in front of me? QUERY ME. No fee, you get to submit ten whole pages of your work, you can tell me why you specifically think we’d be a good match. You don’t need a contest. #amquerying
— Molly Ker Hawn (@mollykh) April 4, 2018
ok, all this pitch contest stuff has me really frustrated. I didn’t pay a cent to get published and no one should have to. how’s this? Every day until my book is out I’ll edit an #ownvoices query letter for free. that’s about 25 edits. I’m no pro agent but I did get to where I am
— Rebecca F. Kuang (@kuangrf) April 4, 2018
#PitchWars Back to Basics and the No Fee Model
Your voices and concerns are all important to us.
Please RT and spread the word…NO FEE but a very simple model for the coming year.https://t.co/ujCEiMzuJ9
— Heather Cashman (@HeatherCashman) April 4, 2018
The Plan (Currently)
The discussion made me start thinking about my current strategy.
I will be looking for agents only once I have several published short stories, a draft I feel good about sharing beyond the sphere of my writing friends, and proposals for at least five more books. I have some experience in the business world and I want to make sure I have a portfolio to offer before I look for an agent.
The guiding principles of my strategy are the following:
- More Stories and Story Ideas = A long term source of revenue for the agent and the author.
- Published Short Stories = They take less time to create and help me build a platform.
- Building Platform = Maintaining a blog and actively using Twitter not only informs my audience, but shows an agent I’m willing to learn and actively work on self-marketing.
Ready Player One
I just had to watch this movie once I heard about it. It was fun and I had a good time catching references and Easter eggs.
I recently discovered the wealth of writing groups located on Discord servers. Though admittedly they all vary a good deal, it is nice to find another outlet for connecting with other writers in a chat format.
This Reddit thread is a good place to start looking at the server options that are out there.