Monday, November 26, 2012

PITCH WARS WISHLIST

Hi!

Thanks for stopping by. So you're all here to find out about me, what I'll be looking for in my Pitch Wars submission pile, and if I'll be a good coach for you.... *gulps*  This little cat is kinda how I feel right now. (Please like me)

Since no one can resist those eyes, we can get to the good stuff. My name is Kimberly Chase. I live in Charleston, SC with my husband, son, and two dogs. Some of my random favorite things: Cookies, Books, Shoes, Chocolate, Airplanes, Movies, Traveling, Running. 
I'm short with an embarrassingly high-pitched voice. (Like when telemarketers call they ask me if my parents are home!)


Okay, I have to follow that little tidbit up with something cool. I have an Aeronautical Science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and hold all of my Pilot's licenses.

I'm represented by the fabulous Brittany Howard of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. My young adult science fiction novel is currently out on submission. 

I'm a member of TwitWits, an online writing community, and I'm an active CP for agented and soon-to-be agented authors. I also host contests and giveaways on my blog, so some of you may know me from the recent Trick or Treat with Agents contest I put together.

I love working on queries and pitches. I know that's weird...but I like helping writer's showcase the best of their work in a way that will hook the reader. (aka Agent) I will also provide a personal response/feedback to everyone who pitches me in this contest!


WISH LIST:
All genres of YA, BUT only if they have some sort of romantic element. 

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical, Magical Realism, unique Paranormal, Dystopian, Contemporary, Thrillers, SteamPunk, Romance, Gothic, etc. If I've forgotten your exact genre, no worries as long as it's YA and has a little love, I'm open to it.


ALSO- If you were one of my YA Trick or Treat with Agents picks, I WANT YOU!

So you really like me, yes? And I'll see all of your fabulous YA pitches in my submission pile, right? If I don't see your pitch, this is how I will feel:



Submissions start today (11/26)! The cut off time to get your applications (query & first five pages of manuscript) in is 8PM EST on December 5.

Send your applications to brendadrakecontests@gmail.com. Writers can apply for up to 3 coaches. The coaches' categories are set. Coaches can only consider the categories they've signed up for. Writers cannot apply for a coach that is not in their category.

For additional information about this contest go HERE (link to your post announcing the contest)

· This is open to finished manuscripts only.

· You may only enter one manuscript.

· Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.

Formatting...

Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Kimberly Chase: GONE WITH THE WIND)

Name: Your Name

Genre: The genre of your manuscript

Word Count: The word count of your manuscript

Query letter here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.

First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.

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REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.

Check back soon for a complete list of the amazing agents participating in the contest. There's over a dozen!

Today all the coaches are posting bios/wish lists on their blogs. So before choosing your top 3 picks, check all the coaches' posts in your category before deciding which coach to submit. To jump from blog to blog, just click on our pictures below.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

PITCH WARS

We're extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.

Here's the deets...

·       The teams will consist of 1 agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.

·      November 26: The coaches (listed on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to coach. They'll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.

·        November 26th through December 5th at 8PM EST: Aspiring writers will submit 3 "applications" to their choices for top 3 coaches to the contest email (brendadrakecontests@gmail.com). That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each one of their three top choices for coach.

·       December 5 through December 10: Coaches will read the applications and pick teammates.The coaches don't have to pick from their applications. If a coach passes on an application, it is then up for grabs and another coach, if they haven't connected to their applicants, can snatch it after notifying the applicant and if the applicant chooses the coach.

·       December 12: Teams will be announced. On the announcement post there will be instructions on how the winners must send their work.

·      December 12 through January 16: Each coach will read their teammate's manuscript and give general notes on any issues they find. The coach will help their teammate get his or her pitches ready for the agent round.

·       Note: The material for the agent round will be a 3 sentence pitch and the first 250 words of your manuscript. Coaches will read manuscripts and query letters only once and give notes. It is up to the writer to use the notes from their coaches to get the manuscript and query letter in as best shape as they can to send to requesting agents. The coaches will critique the three sentence pitch and first 250 words. The coaches will read them as many times as they deem necessary. In no way will writers expect the coaches to read the manuscript and query letter more than once or the pitches more than twice.

·      January 20: Coaches will submit shined pitches to the contest email.

·      January 23 and 24: Agents will read and make requests on the pitches they like (it is likely that not all participants will get requests).

·       January 25: We'll announce the team with the most requests and who will take home the winning prizes (an amazon gift card for each).

·       This is open to finished manuscripts only.

·       You may only enter one manuscript.

·       Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.

 Formatting...

Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Kimberly Chase: GONE WITH THE WIND)

Name: Your Name

Genre: The genre of your manuscript

Word Count: The word count of your manuscript 

Query letter here  (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.
  
First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.


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REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Word Battle Part Deux


Word battle distinguishes the differences between words that are often confused with one another. Go here for Round One: http://kimberlypchase.blogspot.com/2012/07/word-battle.html

Round One: Advice vs. Advise
Advice is a noun meaning  an opinion given with the intention of helping. A suggestion. A recommendation. Example- I am seeking your advice because you are more experienced in such matters. 

Advise is a verb meaning to give counsel or advice. Example- The meteorologist advised listeners to stay indoors because of the extremely cold temperatures.

Round Two: Ascent vs. Assent
Ascent is an upward movement, physical or abstract. The act of rising. Example- The plane began its ascent to 10,000 feet.

Assent means agreement or acquiesce. Example- He gave his assent to his daughter’s engagement.

Round Three: Capital vs. Capitol
Capital is where the seat of government is. Example- The capital of the United States is Washington DC. Capital can also mean wealth.

Capitol (usually capitalized) is the actual building in which the government and legislature meets. Example- We will travel to the Capitol this weekend.

Round Four: Desert vs. Dessert
Desert to abandon (verb); a hot, sandy place (noun). Example (verb)- Steven deserted the army when they wouldn't allow him to pierce his nose.

Dessert is the sweet course of a meal. Cake, ice cream, etc. Example- For dessert, I made chocolate chip cookies.

Round Five: Wreak vs. Wreck
Wreak means to cause damage. Most commonly used as the idiom To wreak havoc. Example- The tornado wreaked havoc with their plans for a vacation at the beach. It is only possible to wreak damage, destruction, etc.

Wreck means to damage severely, destroy. It's used most often to refer to traffic accidents, and simply means a thing that has been ruined or broken. Example- The tornado wrecked half the town.