My #PitMad Experience

Yesterday, on March 8, I participated in a Twitter event known as #PitMad, which is short for “Pitch Madness.” The event allows authors with completed manuscripts to pitch them on Twitter for any agency or publisher that may be interested in publishing a new work in a specific genre. I followed the guidelines for #PitMad as closely as possible. An author should only tweet three pitches for a single manuscript, not include any imagery, and space the tweets about four-hours apart during the twelve-hour event. I agonized over the pitches I wrote, and I even rewrote the third one a few times before I finally tweeted it. Each tweeted pitch did receive a lot of impressions, and some interaction from other authors, but nothing from agencies or publishers. This was only my first time participating, so while I kept my hopes up, I wasn’t surprised when I didn’t get tapped to Read More


Working with a Professional Editor

This article is an update to a previous one I wrote last year, where I debated hiring an editor. As my more recent posts alluded, I did finally decide to work with one. Every write I spoke to advised that I should. Some even stated that it was impossible for a writer to self-edit. I still disagree with that sentiment and I believe that it’s important for a writer to be able to edit their own work, at least to a degree. I doubt an editor wants to slog through an unedited manuscript. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when my editor didn’t find any significant issues for me to fix. He felt my world and character-building was good, my pacing well-measured, and there were no inconsistencies or plot-holes. His largest edit was more of a proofreader’s change. I forgot to add spaces around my ellipses whenever I used Read More


Artifact of the Dawn – Novel Progress

I will admit, I am not the best at keeping my blogs regularly updated. I’d much rather write my novels than write blog posts. To that end, I thought I could combine the two today and just give an update on the progress of my first novel, Artifact of the Dawn. That is the first novel in my Artifacts of Truth series. I handed my latest revisions to my beta readers just before November last year, so they could make sure I didn’t introduce any new inconsistencies into the story, along with making sure all of my changes made sense (I made extensive changes to the manuscript at that point). When I completed NaNoWriMo, and most of the second novel in the series (Artifact of the Forgotten – title may change), I took time to review all the feedback from my beta readers. That led me to make some additional Read More


Why I Decided Not to Self-Publish

As I’m writing this blog, I’ve now sent out over two dozen queries to literary agencies, looking for representation for my first novel, Artifact of the Dawn. Finding an agent is merely one of the many steps on the journey of trying to become a published author. I could have just self-published this novel, which is the route I chose for the children’s book I wrote a few years ago, Dittle Little Lion and Dittle Little Bear, the Adventure to Coconut Island. I am more than familiar enough with the process of self-publishing now. Holding the first copy of that book in my hands and receiving the official copyright notice from the US Copyright Office was a great accomplishment for me at the time. I know many new authors these days are opting to self-publish. However, I will admit that marketing is not one of my strong suits, and that’s a Read More


Next Leg of the Journey

The manuscript of my novel, Artifact of the Dawn, was returned to me from my proofreader and I finally put the finishing touches on the novel. There may be some future tweaking depending on what feedback I get from potential literary agents or publishers, but for now, I’m calling it good. It’s been a 2-year long labor of love, writing and editing this novel. I’ve had a lot of fun getting to know my protagonists while I was writing them. Now I am on the next leg of my journey and preparing what I need in order to try and solicit representation from a literary agent. Many require a synopsis of the plot, which I have been working on. I also need to craft a well-written query letter. Then I will begin sending out queries in the hopes at least one agency finds an interest in me. If somehow I Read More