Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday!!

Thankful Thursday is brought to you my Megan Whitmer. Because she's amazing, and has the best ideas. A weekly does of thankfulness is something I thin all of us need. If you want to participate, go here and add your post to the linky!

This might sound a little strange, but this week I'm thankful for social media.

Less than a week ago I came up with the idea for CP Matchmaker. The thought that I could possibly connect other people with amazing CP's was so exciting! But ultimately, it would only be as successful as the people who participated.

Having something like Twitter at my disposal made all the difference. In the four days since I announced the party I've gotten almost 400 page views on my blog, and SO many people have reached out to tell me they've been spreading the word.

Without social media, CP Matchmaker would have been dead in the water.

I'm also thankful for all the people who have helped put this together. All my CP's for blogging and spreading the word, while also helping me brainstorm the details and design the blog buttons. Brenda Drake for pitching in and blogging, and tweeting about the party. All the complete strangers who have retweeted my annoyingly frequent links to my blog.

I'm thankful for all of it. And I hope this Monday, (January 20th) all of you get exactly what you need out of #CPMatch.

What are you thankful for this week?


Monday, January 13, 2014

Announcing.... CP Matchmaker!!

Hello everybody!

What is CP Matchmaker, you ask?

CP Matchmaker is my way of paying it forward. I myself have been extremely lucky in landing the most amazing critique group. The ladies I work with are smart, and kind, and thoughtful and they've taught me a lot about the way I write and the kind of writer I want to be.

But not everyone has this. And that's something that eats away at me.

Because everyone should have a team like I do. Everyone should know exactly where to go and what to do to find someone who is going to be honest and helpful.

So, I thought, "Why isn't there a Twitter pitch party for finding CP's?"

(Dramatic, no?)

Ok, so here's what's up:
(I'm going grade school party invite for this one)

What: A chance to pitch your book to a bunch of like minded writers

Where: Twitter, of course!

When: January 20th from 10am-10pm EST

Why: Because it's going to be so much fun!

But you're going to need a few things first.

1. A twitter pitch (140 characters or less to include the #CPMatch hashtag)

2. A blog button, should you choose to spread the word and get more people involved. (See below)

3. And a few labels:

For the purpose of easy identification, please include (abbreviated for your convenience) a little about your critiquing style.

(Note: These are for how you critique others work, not what you need for your own.)

Do you get straight to the point- STTP
Fan of the compliment sandwich- CS
Are you brutally honest- BH 
How about a good copyeditor- GCE
Or are you more of an attention to detail type: ATD 
Maybe a critique partner beginner: CPB
Plot hole hunter: PHH
Do you give great big picture notes: BP

Are you a few of these things? Go ahead and list as many as will fit in your pitch.

Need an example of a #CPMatch pitch?

Trapped among bleeding walls, psychotic passengers, and manifested fears,
can Olivia escape with her life? YA #CPMatch CS ATD

And come the 20th, simply search through the feed. If something looks interesting, DM the person and get to know each other a little better. See what you have to offer each other.

And I can't stress this enough: SWAP A SAMPLE CHAPTER

You'll never know if you really mesh well unless you see some feedback first hand.

DISCLAIMER: CP Matchmaker is a baby. Not just a baby, a wrinkly, screaming newborn. If there's something you're unclear about, email me, and I'll try to answer your questions. Have a few extra label ideas? Lemme have em! I am totally up for any suggestions here. I want this thing to be helpful to as many people as possible.

And on that note. SPREAD THE WORD. Please. Pretty please, with sugar on top and ice-cream in the middle.

Tweet about it. Blog about it. Tell your neighbor.

I can only help match the people who attend.

So again, please. Help me to help other writers find their CP soul mates like I have.

And, if you are so inclined to blog, I've made a few blog buttons for you!

I really hope all of you will attend. I'm so excited to get this thing off the ground. 

I'll see you January 20th!

(You do not have to follow me here on the blog, or on Twitter. That is not at all a requirement to participate.)


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday is brought to you Megan Whitmer. Because she's amazing, and has the best ideas. A weekly dose of thankfulness is something I think all of us need. If you want to participate go here and add your post to the linky!

This week I'm thankful for confidence. SO so thankful.

I think writers, as a whole, have issues with this. And why shouldn't we? Most of the time you tell someone you want to be an author and they really have no idea what to say to you! I mean, I don't know about you guys, but I've seen a lot of this:

I'm going to go ahead and call this UNHELPFUL. But can you blame them? In a world where everyone and their brother is writing something, most people have heard this before. And how many people really follow through and actually persevere long enough to get published? I don't know a single published author personally outside of Twitter and the internet.

This makes up a sad, lonely breeding ground for confidence.

You know what else doesn't help? Statistics. You hear agents are getting 200+ queries EVERY WEEK and they only request material from a handful. Those are tough odds, and they give you that distinct feeling that you'd have to be really lucky to catch their attention.

So, as a writer, confidence can be really hard to come by. I've been writing for 4 and a half years and have JUST NOW gotten to the query stage. I refused to enter into this unless I had something I was proud enough of to risk getting my thin skin ripped to pieces during the query process.

And the more I wrote The Blood Train, the more I knew it was special. And I felt better about it after I got comments from my CP's. And then even better once I revised and got amazing feedback during Pitch Wars. Each little thing was a victory for my confidence, slowly building me up on the inside to where I'm excited to check my email now, not dreading it. (And more often than not, there's good news in there.)

So, I'm thankful for this confidence, along with everything and everyone who has inspired it. It feels good. It feels like all those weird looks and stunned silences from my family are finally going to be something I can look back on and remember with a smile, as just another part of the journey.

An exhausting, fun, tear filled, crazy journey, that's just beginning for me.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday is brought to you Megan Whitmer. Because she's amazing, and has the best ideas. A weekly dose of thankfulness is something I think all of us need. If you want to participate go here and add your post to the linky!

This week I'm thankful for my CP's. (Okay, so MOST weeks I'm thankful for my CP's but especially this week.)

Among new years resolutions, and holiday weight, and post Christmas chaos, for me, there's a whole mess of writing related stress. I've blogged before about how scared I am to query for the first time, and how I lack the confidence I think I should have at this point. That's where my CP's come in. They push me, and nag me, and irritate the crap out of me until I'm forced to suck it up and DO something with what I've created.

Thanks to these wonderful ladies, I've sent out my very first query, and amazingly, I DID NOT throw up. Not even a little bit. :-)

What are you thankful for this week?