Pitching your novel

 

Steps for pitching your novel to a literary agent .

Great ideas to help prepare and practice, when those 5 to 10 minutes need to count.

Something I will be practicing so I am prepared should the opportunity present itself.

 

How to pitch your novel

Words Count

Plotted an entire new story yesterday.  Maybe it was the cooler weather, the fire or my warm fuzzy slippers but the inspiration hit yesterday and plotting was completed on my 18th story.  I then wrote 650 words on this story and am in love with it already. Especially the hero 😉

 

Words Count

Short and sweet this week as I am finding I spend waaaay too long on the internet these days.

Three assignments were submitted last week.  A record for me.  This week I am hoping for the same.

The only word count was for these three assignments. However I am using Caitrin’s story for the Romance course.  Abby’s for the Suspense course.

Therefore, hoping at the end of the next thirteen assignments both stories will be ready for editing.

Back to work…

Fresh Breezes

This past weekend we added to our brood, Maisie the calf.  She has a beautiful nature and is already a treasured member of our family.  Even our German Shepherd, Indi, became her protector within a day.

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Maisie
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Maisie and her shadow, Indi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having to feed her morning and night gets me outside even on the days I don’t feel like moving.  That crisp, fresh breeze is glorious.  And does amazing things to clear your head.

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Home

 

Words Count

Total words for the last two days has been 142.

I will be submitting the final assignment for Part 1 of the Suspense writing course by the end of this week.

Part 2 is open for both Romance and Suspense courses so I will be submitting alternate assignments for each course as I did for Part 1.

I am thoroughly enjoying both courses and learning great techniques for getting my manuscripts finished.  I have many stories started.  I have no trouble coming up with an idea or scene but doing the hard work and getting further into the story with developed characters is where I have always struggled.  Both of these courses are showing me a logical plan to follow to get from the start to the finish.  Each assignment builds on the one before.

 

 

 

The little things

As of Friday this past week I only have Family, Home and Writing to concentrate on.  No committees, no job, no external calls to action.  First time in a very long time and I am going to enjoy and appreciate every minute.  I make the promise to my family and myself that I will take at least a year before I sign up to another committee.  My secret addiction.  It started when the babies were in playgroup and I signed on as the organiser for our day (Wednesday).  Then came the soccer committee for a couple of years.  And the last 13 months with the high school P&C. Never been a secret that I love control and feeling satisfaction in a job well done, something you only receive fleetingly with housework and washing 🙂 And a task that has a clear start and clear finish.  One that can be completed in a sitting.  Unlike this other addiction of mine – Writing.

IMG_6764This Sunday I am thankful for letting go of the big things and appreciating the little tasks that are accomplished.  Babies making robots out of packing boxes, a fresh load of washing blowing in the breeze, kitchen bench shining, 500 word assignment completed, one blog post completed, enjoying glass(es) of wine with my sexy beast on the back deck watching the sun go down.

I hope to continue to enjoy the little things in each day instead of being overwhelmed by what wasn’t achieved.