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The Intro: Who has fun spending hours creating that perfect 140-character pitch? Then bouncing that sentence or two off others to see if it’s fantastic? And finally having to create a couple more so you’re not posting the same one every few hours?

The Why: Kristin and Ann know what you’re going through. In fact, they both did quite a few Twitter Pitch Parties so they know your pain. Kristin remembers what it was like to see that little colored star and then checking and re-checking email to confirm that someone did in fact click on the pitch and favorite it. And Ann’s recalls her heart pounding and her palms sweaty, all the while hoping and praying that it wasn’t made by accident from a friend or some complete stranger who marked it and not re-tweeted it by mistake. They both trolled the feed all day long and didn’t work their day jobs (well, mostly this was Kristin).

So it’s because of those reasons Ann M. Noser and Kristin D. Van Risseghem wanted to help other authors. So why not pay it forward? They are fortunate enough to have a published book, and working on their second. But let’s face it, the best reason for them doing this? IT’S FUN! So let’s all have a blast, help each other out, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find that perfect relationship between author and publisher.

The When: Here’s the date for #Pit2Pub: July 15, 2015 starts at 8AM and ends at 8PM (CST or CDT, which is Chicago time).

The What: What is #Pit2Pub? A Twitter Pitch Party for writers to tweet a 140-character pitch for their completed manuscripts. Have several variations of your Twitter pitch available. The pitch must include the hashtag #Pit2Pub, the Age Group, and the Genre (#YA, #MG, #A, etc. see chart below) in the tweet. It’s important to include the hashtag(s).

Age Groups:
#PB = Picture Book
#C = Children’s
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult
#WF = Woman’s Fiction

#NF = Non-fiction
#SFF = SciFi & Fantasy
#LF = Literary Fiction
#M = Mystery
#T = Thriller
#CL = Children’s Lit
#CB = Chapter Book
#R = Romance
#Mem = Memoir
#S = Suspense
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#W = Westerns
#E = Erotica

Authors of all genres are welcome to pitch their completed and polished manuscripts. You can pitch more than one manuscript. Tweet your pitch throughout the day, but no more than twice per hour per manuscript. When you see an industry professional on the feed, tweet it once. Remember to include the hashtag #Pit2Pub and genre.

The publishers will tweet their submission preferences and favorite your tweet if they wish to see more. If you get a favorite from an agent or publisher, follow their submission directions on their website or look for them on this blog. Then send them their request as soon as you can. They may have tweeted what they want you to send, so check their twitter feed for that information.

Make sure to put “Pit2Pub Request: TITLE” in the subject line of your email when sending your request.

Don’t tweet agents and publishers directly unless they tweet you first.

Don’t favorite friends’ tweets. You can RT your friends to show your support. Save favorites for publisher requests to avoid confusion.

Be sure you research each requesting publisher. Don’t submit if you don’t want to work with them.

Be nice and courteous to each other and to the industry professionals. If you do see abuse, please report it to Twitter or notify Ann or Kristin right away.

Check back on their blogs (http://www.kristinvanrisseghem.com/blog) or Ann’s Blog (http://annmnoser.com) as we post the list of confirmed publishers who have signed up to monitor the feed on July 15, 2015!

Thank you! And let the fun begin!!!



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Collected Works: Goals, Loki, and Chocolate.

LokiOkay, so it has nothing to do with goal setting…but he’s ALWAYS inspirational. LOL

The idea of Collected Works is to share our goals, encourage each other in those goals, and inspire each other when those goals go sideways. I’ve always been a believer in setting goals so this is a way to make me hold myself accountable for what I expect of myself. And I consider it a win. If I don’t meet my goals, chocolate soothes the disappointment. If I meet them, I celebrate with chocolate. Win-win. 🙂

If you’re interested in sharing in this, check our Collected Works.

August Goals

1. FINISH OWFI (Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc.) Presenters communication – it doesn’t sound like writing because it’s not manuscripts but as President of OWFI, I’m responsible for setting up the conference in May. This is a priority for all of us who attend. (and you should, too!)

2. Send in full request to agent.

3. Finish rewrites of Sam Dakota. This is high priority for me as school starts up again soon and cuts my writing time in half.

Do you set goals? Join us!


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Shout Out!

I recently won The Emotions Thesaurus and companion pieces The Positive & The Negative Thesaurus from Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi at Writers Helping Writers. I already own these amazing books so I gifted them to writers who did not. I wanted to spread the word because they’ve been helpful to so many of us who suddenly lock up and need something that will brainstorm with us. These books are like having a couple of writers in the room with you to help you find just what you need for that character and that scene.

If you haven’t discovered Angela and Becca yet, please check them and their wonderful books out!

Happy writing!



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Destination OWFI…Why?

My critique group attended a lot of writing conferences over the years. There were mediocre ones, good ones (which stopped unfortunately), and every possible point along the spectrum. We became masters at what to look for, how to evaluate in advance whether a conference would be right for us. In spite of that we still got it wrong on occasion. The one time we got it right, completely, was when we decided to attend Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc.’s conference the first time.

It was the first conference where complete strangers spoke to us and made a point of making us feel welcome. Most writers are introverts or at least reluctant in large crowds so being relieved of the burden of putting ourselves out there that first time made that first conference more relaxing. We had gone in full-bore and entered the writing contests and we all came away with wins of some kind and all of us in multiple categories. The funny thing was even without the contest the conference and that weekend felt like a win. We knew that we were going to make OWFI’s conference a yearly thing.

Selecting a conference requires a lot of research. How much does it cost? How far is it? Is it a genre or a general writing conference? Which do you need at this point in your career? Who are the speakers? What agents/editors will be there? The goal for writers, because we do not make a lot of money, is we want to get as much bang for the buck as possible. Weigh everything before making that decision.

We wanted a conference we could drive to and OWFI was in driving distance. (It didn’t hurt that it was held in the city where my boys live and I could see my oldest for his birthday) We traveled together so we shared expenses and hotel costs which are also discounted as conference attendees. OWFI had a history of national keynote speakers and that was more difficult to find in the Midwest.

Our sessions that first year were top-notch and the hotel was fabulous and friendly. The experience left us with little doubt that OWFI was our new home away from home the first weekend of May each year. There are a lot of conferences out there and always check out everything they have to offer. The big conferences may be our dream, but they aren’t always on our budget. Sometimes, looking closer to home brings us a new writing family.

eloisajames_webOWFI is May 1-3, 2014 at the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City. Eloisa James is the keynote and there are lots of dynamite speakers joining her. Definitely check it out. I am confident you won’t regret it. We didn’t. If you can’t make it this year, I KNOW you’ll want to come see next year’s! Just trust me.  😉

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02/13/2014 · 6:58 pm

Dropkicking the F-Bomb

Warning: Language Alert. For writers the “F bomb” is always out there and writers are either comfortable using it or not. Some will use it sparingly, some will pepper it. Like all curse words, the F bomb serves its purpose so for those people offended by its use in print, accept it or give up reading. It’s just another word in the English language. Some of our words are classy and elegant and some are abrasive and ugly, even offensive. Writers need all those glorious options when they create.

Language should be fit to the genre, characters, and story. If you’re writing a cozy mystery, the F bomb isn’t going to make an appearance, but if you’re writing noir, it will. If your main character is a youth pastor, not likely he’ll drop it, but if he’s an ex-con working the docks, it’s probably his favorite verb. The important thing for writers is stay true to the character. An astute reader will know if the character wouldn’t speak that way. Never use any word, the F bomb particularly, for shock value. Which brings me to a current proclivity in film.

Seriously, Hollywood, get over the “F” bomb. I hate attending a film where the only dialogue is that word. Just the F bomb strung together between gun fights or bombings or whatever. If a writer is that lazy, that uncreative, my advice is write yellow page entries. Language should always be a tool for the characters to relate, and the F bomb alone cannot do that. Whatever it is that makes Hollywood think it’s necessary, it isn’t. Like any word, choose the F bomb carefully, use it for a purpose that will delineate character and emphasize action.

Do real people use the F bomb as every other word? Absolutely. However, your writing teacher will tell you that people speak in dialect too, but that doesn’t mean you should write an entire book in it. What happens in real life doesn’t translate well to the page, not without the writer’s delicate touch. Never use a roller to plaster the words on, always use a touch up brush, with a light hand. The meaning is as clear as if you used flourescent lighting, but the impact is subtle.

How do you use expletives in your writing?


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NaNo, NaNo…

The first full week is here. crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbHow’s everyone doing? So far, I’ve done better than I anticipated. We’ll see if I can keep it up. I’ve followed some of the NaNo chatter, from ‘I’m getting nowhere,’ to ‘Yeah me, got 2,600 words today.’ One list I follow on Facebook has a Google doc where everyone can upload their goals and how they did toward them each day. There is a lot of support out there for this event. Whether you’re struggling or just want some interaction through the experience check out other NaNo competitors and embrace a little socialization. 🙂

Love this piece of advice on writing a novel from Brian Klems:

Stop trying.

Your novel needs less “trying” and more “doing” from you. Like Yoda said, Do or do not. There is no try.


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Thankful Thursday

This month I have determined to write every day regardless of what else comes up and so far it’s worked. I’ve had to accept that some days I write a lot and some days I don’t. It’s okay. As writers we’re terribly hard on ourselves. I know that I tend to see what going wrong before I see what’s going right. This month of allowing myself this grace has been nice. I realized that it’s time to stop being so hard on myself as a writer. This also made me think about my fellow writers. We’re all in this together and we struggle along our own paths, which sometimes intersect. Usually we’re all so busy we can’t take time to say to another writer, “How are things with you?” or “Thanks for that post on scene endings. I needed that.”

It’s not that we don’t think those things. It’s that writers are always struggling to find time in their days just for the essentials, writing, social media, querying, etc. And most writers work in order to put food on the table. We have families who love us and who we love and we devote hours of our day to them. While I have taken this time in October to write each day, I decided that I’d open my Thursdays between now and  Thanksgiving for writers to thank people for any of the wonderful things done for them. From something as simple as a kind word when you got a rejection to a piece of advice that led to a breakthrough, anything you’re grateful for.

I’ll start:

Thanks to my CP’s Natasha Hanova and Leatrice McKinney for the consistent and often enlightening input that keeps my characters and my stories progressing forward.

Thanks to Les Edgerton for being a great mentor to writers like me. Your advice and your knowledge make such a difference in our work.

Thanks to Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglish for their Emotion Thesaurus, a phenomenal tool in the writer’s toolkit, and for the Amazing Race which is a pay it forward for writers by writers.

It’s easy. Thank someone in the comments so we can pass it on throughout the next month and a half. Have a great weekend.


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