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Aim High Academy

  Posted by K McClelland in Teardrops On My Book, 28 March 2015 · 6 views

Hello everyone. I don't normally post on the weekends and I know many may not read blogs on the weekends, but I didn't have electricity to post when I first wanted.

As you may or may not know, Oklahoma was hit with some tornadoes and bad storms on Wednesday evening. It's been in the news so there's a good chance you've heard. Well, where I live was hit with a tornado. And I was inside of my daughters' gymnastics studio when it hit, along with 50+ gymnasts and a handful of adults (coaches, dance teacher, and parents).




That's my youngest, she's on Aim High's level 2 competitive team. For many years her goal has remained the same-make it to the Olympics. Now, she may or may not ever make it there, but she's very determined and already works on gymnastics constantly-no matter where she is. When we found Aim High just barely over a year ago, she was so happy.

The coaches at Aim High are some of the most wonderful people I've ever known. Many of them don't even get paid to coach and you'd never know. They come in happy to be there and coach no matter what. And they were wonderfully calm and comforting during that tornado. Girls were screaming, crying, terrified and the coaches (along with the dance teacher and some of the parents) worked hard to keep everyone calm and safe. I don't know if it's their faith or what, but they were completely calm and exactly what those kids needed. And really, it's what some of the adults needed.

Also, it's not being talked about much because it's more amazing that all these little girls were safe, but Aim High's basement didn't just keep the gymnasts and some adults safe, it kept random neighbors safe too. There were people coming in from somewhere I'm not sure where, but they came running into the basement for safety. So, Aim High kept strangers safe, they welcomed people who they knew nothing about into their basement and didn't think twice about it.

In case you haven't seen, I will show you what was left after whatever happened while 50+ little girls aged 3 or 4 up to 14, plus at least one little brother who was there while his sister practiced, and a handful of other adults huddled together and prayed.


This gym served over 200 Tulsa children and it's affordable. Aim High is a non-profit that gives children who don't have the money to go to other gyms a chance.

And that is why I decided to share this story and reach out to my blog buddies. I know this post is really freaking long, I'm so sorry. But there is a gofundme for Aim High right now, raising money to be able to get the gym going again. I wanted to appeal to you, my blogger buddies and ask that if you can give anything at all, it would be so very much appreciated.

My kids love being able to go to classes at Aim High (not just gymnastics either. My oldest is in Hip-Hop and just started taking drums and guitar classes too. And my youngest does gymnastics and Hip-Hop.). My kids aren't the only ones who love it. There are so many times that we have so many kids enrolled in classes that the classes are full with waiting lists. Kids come running in to get to their classes (the competitive girls as well as the regular instruction). And not just the girls either, the boys who are in the FAST (Flipping Agility Strength Toughness) come running in laughing and smiling and ready for class. The happiness this gym has brought to the community is heartwarming. Losing this gym is devastating and I want to see it brought back ASAP.

So, if you're able to, please help. And if any of my readers are from here, I hope you're all safe. And I hope you all have a great weekend and I'll see you Tuesday.

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Treasure One Another

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 28 March 2015 · 9 views

It seems like I've been writing a lot of entries lately about the sadness of losing people. This week I was stunned to hear of the passing of a good man who died too young. Mike Winters was only 58 years old. He leaves behind a grieving family, though one that will carry on in his absence because he bequeathed them a legacy of love, hard work, and strength of character.

I had the privilege of performing the wedding of his daughter, Cassie, a young lady I love very much. She was once my student, but now she is my friend. Cas was truly her daddy's girl. Her face lit up every time she spoke of him. I'm sure it still does, though, for now, that light is dimmed by devastating sadness.

This event reminds me once more of those things that should be self-evident every day of the year, but I tend to push to the back of my mind. Things that some people always remember, but, being totally honest, I forget way too easily.


First, I forget to be thankful for all the blessings in my life. It's not that I dwell on the negatives. Sometimes I do, but mostly, I am simply not conscious of anything either way. I just kind of drift through life without giving it nearly enough thought. Any of my students who read my blog will find this ironic because I'm constantly preaching at them to live intentionally, to make and keep memories, to think about all the good things they have in their lives. I guess I need to take my own lesson a little better.

And it's not just having a feeling of thankfulness that I need. I don't say thank you nearly enough. There are so many people who have done more for me than they can possibly know and I don't express my gratitude nearly enough. In fact, I take their role in my life for granted. This event has made me remember that no one's presence and help is guaranteed. People move, people pass away, people sometimes are just meant to be a part of our lives for a season. So we need to treasure every loved one for every second we have him or her. Beyond that, we must make sure they know we treasure them and are thankful, both for them and to them.

So rather than list all those folks here, my goal for this week is to let everyone in my life know just how much they mean to me and how thankful for everything they do for me just by loving me and being in my life.

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**Treasure Hunt Count Down**– 3 more days

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 28 March 2015 · 6 views

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This awesome picture of WRECKAGE on the beach in Key Largo comes from Mary Murphy. She loaned her copy of the book to her friend for a trip to Key Largo who took this picture of it in in the sand. What a better place to read about surviving on a tropical island than on a beach? Now I can pretend I was there too. Thanks for sharing, Mary!!

I know you are all singing this song in your head right now, so I thought I should probably save you a trip to YouTube. (See if you can spot Uncle Jesse from Full House)

Now for the Treasure Hunt Count Down!!

In THREE days Wreckage will be in 1334 Walmart stores. To participate in the Treasure Hunt contest and be entered to win one of five Walmart gift cards, follow the steps below.

Follow these steps to be entered:

1- Starting March 31st, check for Wreckage at your local Walmart store.

2- Take a picture IN STORE, post on a social media site and tag me:

-Facebook: @emilybleekerauthor

-Twitter feed: @Emily_Bleeker

-Instagram: @emilybleekerauthor

3- Make sure to list the location of the store you found it in. IE: Found Wreckage in Vernon Hills,IL Walmart!!

Don’t forget, this is what you are looking for—

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Upcoming Contests

  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 28 March 2015 · 15 views

There are two big contests taking submissions next week.

I'll be a co-host of Pitchslam which takes submission on April 3rd. You can find all the details at L. L. McKinney's blog. (follow Elle at https://twitter.com/ElleOnWords) It's theme this time around is Classic Hollywood.

As a director I'll be casting for my Western. (Not that that means I'm only looking for westerns. Actually I'm looking for all age categories and genres, though as usual I lean toward fantasy/speculative fiction.) John Wayne is my team's leading man. I'll be looking for entries that show True Grit.




The nice thing about PitchSlam is getting feedback before you send in your final entry. That lets you revise before the team Directors make their picks.



Also taking place next week and going through a variety of judging is Nest Pitch. Their window opens on April 1st and they have a great line up of agents. Follow Nikola Vukoja for more details about this contest- https://twitter.com/Nik_Vukoja



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Become an Agent Revision Guidelines!

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 28 March 2015 · 14 views

The final deadline to vote on the original entries for 'Become an Agent' is Sunday, 8pm EST.  I'll tally up the votes and post the winner on Monday on this very same blog post (so I don't clutter up my blog feed and squash the BanAgent posts!).

BUT

YOU WILL BE GETTING A REVISION OPPORTUNITY.

Email me your revisions by Monday 5 pm EST using the same format, except in the subject line of your email, write: "Revision: Post #___" (and fill the ___ in with whatever post number you are).

Everyone that participated in the contest have the opportunity to submit a revised version of their query and 250.

Those who posted revisions, I'll list below. (I'll try to do it as fast as possible: D)

Revised List of Entries

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The quicker you send me your revisions, the quicker I'll have them up! The quicker I have them up, the more critiques you will get.

Same rules apply for voting etiquette, except now you can give as many as you want Yes's. And, more Importantly, say if the review was an improvement or not! Still give the 'Yes' and 'No' (sorry, it might feel a lot more brutal to get No's now after revisions, but honesty is the best, in my opinion).

Be sure to return the critique if your revision gets critiqued! Make sure to include your number in your post so the writer has criticized an easier time finding your post.

I AM EXCITED.

Now That the contest is (almost) over, it's the time for feedback for  me.  In the end, all I want to know is:  How was the contest? Any suggestions for the next time?  Be as honest as you need to be.

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Love and Rumors Goodreads Giveaway

  Posted by Jean Oram in The Love Bug Blog, 27 March 2015 · 19 views

Who wants a signed paperback of Love and Rumors? Here’s your chance to win one!

From now until April 6th I’m hosting a giveaway on Goodreads where I’m giving away two signed paperbacks of Book 1 of the Summer Sisters, Love and Rumors. It is open internationally!




Goodreads Book Giveaway


Love and Rumors by Jean Oram


Love and Rumors


by Jean Oram



Giveaway ends April 06, 2015.

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Love and Rumors by Jean Oram

Love and Rumors: Book 1


Book ONE in the Summer Sisters series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Jean Oram!

One photographer who needs cash—fast. One movie star with an offer as tempting as his bad boy smile.

Hailey Summer needs more time. As the eldest Summer sister she’s always taken on the task of solving everyone’s problems—including finding ways to hold onto the family’s precious historic cottage. Only this time she’s stretched too far and is in danger of losing absolutely everything that matters to her from her dream photography business to her sisters’ trust to the cottage that’s been in the family for over a century. Will Hailey find the money she needs or will she have to confront a lot more than just the family members she’s kept in the dark?

When Finian Alexander closes his eyes he is haunted by his family’s destitute past and the unfulfilled promises he’s made to others. Only a fraction away from making the A-list food chain and fulfilling his promises, Finian needs help from the paparazzi to push his next ‘bad boy of Hollywood’ escapade into the limelight. Problem is he’s in the Canadian Muskokas and the only photographer he’d consider partnering with slaps him every time he deserves it—which is increasingly often as he becomes more desperate.

Will Hailey and Finian give in to the easy way out of their problems, or will discover how alike they truly are when they hit the tabloids—together?

This is the first book in the Summer Sisters beach read contemporary romance series.

The Summer Sisters Series:

Love and Rumors (Book 1)


Love and Dreams (Book 2)


Love and Trust (Book 3: NEW RELEASE!)


Love and Danger (Book 4: NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER April 24, 2015)


**** Enter the giveaway here and don’t forget to add the series to your shelves! ****




LOVE AND RUMORS


Love and Rumors: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #1)

 


LOVE AND DREAMS


Love and Dreams: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #2)


LOVE AND TRUST



Love and Trust: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #3)

 


LOVE AND DANGER


Love and Danger: A Summer Sisters Beach Reads Contemporary Romance (The Summer Sisters, #4)



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QUITE THE QUERY with Melissa Albert and JUST BREATHE

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 27 March 2015 · 22 views

      If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query […]

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Fast Five Friday: Movie Crushes

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses in The Writer Ambitious, 27 March 2015 · 16 views


Alright, alright, alright (in my Matthew McConaughey voice), Happy Friday!! Welcome back to an installment of Fast Five Friday, brought to us by Dani and Jackie, the Cover Girls!

This week, we have shooting off our five favorite movie crushes! Let's see if I can stop at five. lol (After looking) Okay, FINDING five was actually hard. I was like, "What movies have I watched?"


Well, there's the Prince from Beauty & The Beast. lol Hey, even my mom was like, "Wow."


The sexy Michael Corvin from the Underworld series.


Capt. James T. Kirk time-warped world style from Star Trek. (Mainly because, well, Chris Pine.)


Louie from Interview with the Vampire. (Mainly because, I mean, BRAD!)


Jacob Palmer from Crazy, Stupid Love.




BONUS info: My cousin has a serious crush on Optimus Prime. hahahaha

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Book Talk & Giveaway: SIX MONTHS LATER by Natalie Richards

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 27 March 2015 · 26 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Average-achiever Chloe falls asleep in study hall on a beautiful spring day, and wakes up to the snow falling outside her classroom window, standardized test scores that have Ivy Leagues fighting over her, and the crush of her life as a boyfriend. But six months have been erased, and she has no idea how her life became perfect.

Her best friend won't talk to her, making it very clear that Chloe has done something unforgivable. The brooding school bad-boy's number has somehow ended up in her phone, and she has the compulsion to call him constantly, even though they've never exchanged more than a few words. A perfect, pretty classmate has suddenly left town, leaving a wake of unanswered questions. Notes Chloe left to herself in pages of books claim there's a connection, but Chloe can't piece it together.

Memories she can't place start to surface- conversations that never happened and situations that definitely didn't exist. As her life begins to spiral out of control, Chloe has to wonder what price she has to pay to be perfect... and if perfect is what she wants in the first place.

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Katy Perry puts on a show in sexy black dress

Posted by doriswinger in doriswinger's Blog, 27 March 2015 · 33 views
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Katy Perry puts on a show in sexy black dress and lace-up boots at The Prismatic World Tour movie screening
The Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour is packed full of visual wonders from dramatic performances to irresistible pop tunes.
The 30-year-old star herself was a rocking good show as she arrived to the movie's screening in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday.
Katy looked sleek and sexy in a form-fitting black dress with satin lapels, but it was the tall black lace-up boots with the spike heels that attracted the most attention.
Her fancy footwear featured a solid back and a crisscrossing of laces in the front all the way up.
A stylishly tousled, swept back 'do topped off Katy's sultry ensemble, while her milky-white complexion got a boost from heavy liner and purple lipstick.
Katy took time out for her fans who clamored near the raspberry-coloured carpet, and indulged their wishes by taking selfies.
The Roar singer even met up with a couple of girls who looked just like her, one wearing pink cat ears and jumpsuit like the one she wears on stage and the other mimicking another look of hers.
One of the evening's highlights came when Katy showed off her furry tour mascot, Butters.
Katy happily cradled the pooch that resembles a teddy bear for all to see, positive proof that she really isn't just a cat person.
As a side note, Perry also has a friendly feline named Kitty Purry.
Katy's epic movie is set to premiere Saturday as part of EPIX free preview weekend, and EPIX subscribers will get to view the movie on air, online, on demand and via the EPIX app.
Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour will also be available as a Live Free Stream through the official EPIX and Katy Perry Facebook pages.
The high-caliber performance features Katy singing such hits as I Kissed A Girl and Dark Horse.
Ali Fedotowsky proved she's a fan of the California-born pop star when she showed up to the screening.
The former star of The Bachelorette looked bright in a clingy coral number - the very same dress that former 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord wore to a Beverly Hills luncheon on Wednesday.
Ali differentiated slightly by pairing the dress with black high heels and a slim gleaming belt around her waist.

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Growth and Awareness

Posted by JordanTheNinja in JordanTheNinja's Blog, 26 March 2015 · 66 views
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There comes a time in everyone’s life (I’m not exclusively talking about a writer’s life) where you really come to a sense of awareness. Awareness of who you are, what you love to do, the kind of person that you are. And, as I approach the ending of my teenage years, I feel as if I’m on the brink of this realization.

When I was younger (and I still do this) I looked up to people who showed ambition and who always brought other people up and encouraged and inspired them. This inspired me to be the same way whenever I got older and I got into my profession. Now, years later, I’ve developed into a writer. I’ve always loved writing, but when I say that, I mean it in the most personal, emotional sense. I never realized that the characters I wrote about all had different facets of my personality—or attributes I wish I had. Emotion is the key when I write, because, without realizing it, writing was a way for me to express my fears and my desires and everything that went on in my head. I never knew that until I looked back at my characters and saw that, as I grew, so did that. They weren’t the same people I wrote when I was 14, just like I’m not the same person I was then. And I think that’s what is really crucial in a writer’s life. Not to write for fame or money (not that I wouldn’t mind getting paid to write) but to do it for your soul. To show your growth as a human being. For me, this is what it means to write—to examine yourself in the process, and show others different parts of your soul.

I know now that I will never stop writing. Not because I want to get published (although I do) but because I have to. It’s the only real way—for me—to analyze my life and how I’ve grown and where I came from. I don’t know if other writer do that, but I’m pretty sure they do without knowing it.

Young or old, seasoned or a newbie, I truly wish every writer out there is able to tell their story, and I hope that every single one of you becomes successful. Even that—I hope everyone becomes successful in whichever career, job, ambition they are pursuing. I promise I will spend my life pursuing the things I desire (non-material) and won’t stop pushing for inspiration in others. I want to see us all win and grow and develop.

I wish you all the best.


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YA SCAVENGER HUNT!

  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 24 March 2015 · 32 views

Hello Everyone! I’m so happy to introduce to you the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors! We have eight outstanding teams this season. I am going to be a part of #TeamRed! The Scavenger Hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days. If you’ve never … Continue reading YA SCAVENGER HUNT!

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Recovering

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 23 March 2015 · 15 views

I did it! I managed to get my entire draft recovered and saved (in multiple places!) after my latest computer disaster. I even found the Changes file I needed to remind me of all the things I needed to tweak. I've updated my Mozy and Dropbox folders too.

In the process, I've been learning a lot about my new Mac.

It didn't take too long to get used to the touch pad - scrolling with 2 fingers, right click is now a 2 fingered click, and scrolling upside down.

I've also figured out most of my short cuts. I used the Home & End, Page Up & Down keys a lot on my old laptop, but they don't exist on my Mac. Between the Function & Command Keys, I've got most of those figured out. Took longer to figure out the Delete key being the old backspace & Fn+Delete being the old delete.

I'm still finding the positioning of the Command key awkward, but I assume I'll get used to it too.

Now, my big problem is switching between the Mac at home and the PCs at school. We'll see how messed up my brain gets with all the switching!

At this point I can't say I've really got a preference for either PC or Mac - I like them both. What about you? Are you a PC or a Mac user?



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Nike Free Trainers 3.0 V5 Noir et Bleu Royal Refnk0261

Posted by uytiuyoiuo in uytiuyoiuo's Blog, 23 March 2015 · 24 views

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3 marketing metaphors that actually make sense

Posted by keithmoorekm25 in 3 marketing metaphors that actually make sense, 23 March 2015 · 17 views
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There are a thousand different marketing metaphors out there (though you’ll pardon the technical writer in me that would point out these are actually similes because they use the word “like” to make the comparison). Each one is supposed to boil down the basics of marketing so they’re easy to understand and relate to concepts people easily understand. Each metaphor approaches marketing from a different perspective and has different lessons to teach depending on the point of view of the marketer who came up with it.

But why have such a narrow point of view? There is knowledge to be gained from every viewpoint. So here are some creative metaphors for marketing and the essential lessons they communicate.

Great marketing is like a good first date

Entrepreneur.com contributor Chris Kocek likened successful marketing to a good first date. He pointed out, “When you go on a first date with someone, do you tell them how wonderful you are and all the great things you can do, then ask them to marry you? Probably not.”

It’s easy to see what this has to do with marketing. Some marketers are disappointed when brilliant marketing schemes don’t have immediate ROI or blogs or social media sites with lots of followers don’t have a dramatic, measurable influence on revenue. The thing is, as Kocek said, “Entrepreneurs tend to forget . . . that the first shot isn’t there only shot.”

Marketing is like a slinky

Another interesting comparison comes from Moxie Marketing, which suggests marketers think of online marketing as a slinky. Contributor Tamara Macduff explained, “Think about it, the best way to use a slinky is to let it do its thing, naturally, slowly, and one step at a time. Online marketing works the same way.”

Macduff’s point is that introducing, improving, or increasing online marketing won’t necessarily make huge leaps in ROI all at once. And in fact, it won’t solve all your marketing problems. The trick, she said, is to work with someone who knows how slinkies (online marketing works) and don’t get frustrated if a little tangling happens along the way. Eventually, you’ll smooth everything out and start making headway.

Marketing is like a circus

This metaphor comprises several aspects of marketing, including how marketers need to maintain good balance, develop the courage to jump into the unknown, and make audience-pleasing their number one priority. Combining all these aspects isn’t easy. Katie Foley, a writer for marketing company Lotus823, said, “Sometimes making these things jive is challenging but when you get it right, the spotlight of success shines brightly on both you and the [company].”


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The Beauty of Damaged Things

  Posted by Rick Pieters in Room to Wonder, 22 March 2015 · 7 views



How often we toss away broken, cracked treasures.

I inherited from my grandfather, brought home from his years as a missionary in Korea, a Korean celadon bowl. It had been cracked and chipped, but thought beautiful enough to have been mended. 

With gold.

I don't know its history. But in the veins of gold, I see the value someone placed on this lovely bowl with its clouds and cranes.

What a more beautiful world if we placed such value on damaged beautiful things. And people.

Ourselves, to start.

And everyone else. No one isn't cracked, chipped, injured, broken.

Instead of tossing, why not do what we can, if only with a smile, to mend them with gold. A smile, a hello, a nod of recognition, can be gold.

Let's don't toss away, pass by the damaged. We have gold to give.


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Book Thoughts: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

  Posted by Mia K Rose in Mia K Rose | Forsaken Illusion, 22 March 2015 · 8 views

Have you had a chance to read this book? If so, how wou […]

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Review and Interview Planned with John Byk of Writers Alive

  Posted by Deb Borys in Debra R. Borys, 20 March 2015 · 67 views

Originally posted on BOX OF RAIN: another STREET STORIES suspense novel:
John Byk of Writers Alive has been on my mailing list since he did a podcast interview of me for the release of Painted Black back in 2011. When…

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#nestpitch 2015!

Posted by jadah in The Query Faerie, 12 March 2015 · 54 views

Hi everyone! I want to announce #nestpitch 2015! I’ll be slush reading in this agented Twitter contest, and I CAN’T WAIT to see some awesome entries that will blow me away. Submission is April 1st, and below is just a general overview. I’ll be posting updates as the sub time gets closer.

A full list of dates, rules and conditions will be posted on the 23rd / 24th of March. For now just remember March 23rd /24th and April 1st.

The submission consists of:
(i) 35-word pitch
(ii) Answer to this question: If your MC was an Easter Egg, what flavour would s/he be? (no more than 15 words please)
(iii) 1st 300-words of your manuscript*

*1st 300 = if you have a prologue, then your 1st 300 starts from your prologue. If you don’t think your prologue is strong enough then perhaps you need to rethink your prologue.
Finish at the end of a sentence. This is 300-word MAX, so your last word is 300-words. If your sentence finishes on 292-words, submit that. If your sentences run into 30 or more words, then rethink the length of your sentence(s). Broken sentences do no one favours.

This year we will not be accepting PB’s – I have something special planned for PB’s (and perhaps MG’s) for December 2015 assuming I can get all my ducks in a row.

Two things to add/note:

(1) A condition of entry is any MS #pitch submitted to previous #pitches, which resulted in being selected, in the twelve months prior to April 2015, is ineligible. The only sub-clause to this is #PitchSlam. Please let us know if you have the same MS in #PitchSlam & #Nestpitch, and again if you’ve been selected. I have spoken to the Host of PitchSlam & we’ve agreed to work closely on this one.

(2) This year there will be less final selection featured pitches. (Expecting final number to be around 40). With each Team concentrating on fewer submissions, we can be more hands-on with feedback and mentoring. By doing this, not only will the pitch + 300-words be stronger, but so will the entire MS. This year there will be rounds.

a. Round #1: Last year I gave everyone the benefit of the doubt when errors were made in following guidelines. That will not be the case this year, aside from formatting issues (which happen). To get past #1 the author’s must be able to follow guidelines.

b. Round #2: This year each Team will select an initial 5-8 submissions and then request more pages/material. Based on the additional pages/material, each Team will drill their selection down to between 4-5 to go to the next round

c. Round #3: On having picked their final 4-5, each Team will then critique the first 2,500-words and ‘get to know’ the author(s). This is a 3-fold process. Being selected does not necessarily mean being featured. Teams will want to know the author(s) are willing to accept feedback etc. The Teams will work with their author’s for 3 weeks, offering feedback, sharpening pitches, & suggesting improvements. After this, the author’s have a full week to re-read their MS in full & make any final changes; before the agent round.

Just a general overview. For more information and to stay updated about dates and agents involved please follow the #nestpitch blog.



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