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An Incomplete List of Authors Helping With #PraPit

#PraPit, a twitter pitch practice session is happening on November 29th from 9 AM to 9 PM Eastern. You can read about it here. We’ve reached out to the writing community for experienced authors and pitchers to help critique pitches. Here are just some of the people who will be coming by the hashtag to...

Preparing Your Twitter Pitch

#PraPit, a twitter pitch practice session, is happening on November 29th from 9 AM to 9 PM Eastern. You can read about it here. In order to help you get ready, I thought I’d offer some resources. And since there’s nothing new about this, and because…well…I’m not very good at it, I’ve simply gone and...

Practice Your Pitch

It’s almost December, and you know what that means. Twitter Pitch season. What? That’s not what you were expecting? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me give you some links to check out, then come on back. #Pitmad is coming up on December 1st. You can read about it on Brenda Drake’s...

The Most Important Book I’ve Read (Or the Importance of Being a Critique Partner)

I’m going to do something a little off here. I’m going to talk about somebody else’s book, but I’m going to talk about it in terms of how it affected me to work on it. It’s a little crass, I admit, but I’m not doing it to shine a spotlight on myself, to say ‘look...

Where Are You Going?

Have you ever heard the dreaded phrase ‘I didn’t connect with your main character?’ No? Just me? In this short series of posts I’m going to rip into that phrase and look at some reasons *why* people don’t connect to your main character (MC). In my first post on the subject I talked about stakes,...

Representation in Writing

I want to talk about representation. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking Mike, you’re a white, cis/het, male. Writing about representation is probably a really bad idea. I hear you. Bear with me just a minute. The idea for this post came from a series of tweets by Justina Ireland where she talked about...

What are the Stakes?

Have you ever heard the dreaded phrase ‘I didn’t connect with your main character?’ No? Just me? In this short series of posts I’m going to rip into that phrase and look at some reasons *why* people don’t connect to your main character. One of the biggest reasons is that you might lack goals, obstacles,...

What I Learned From Being a Pitch Wars Mentor

This will likely be my last Pitch Wars post. Unless I write another one. Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back. But I wanted to share the things I learned this year that I didn’t know before. I want to say up front that I’m going to talk about it being hard, but I’m not at...

Pitch Wars Behind the Scenes: The Truth as Battles Begin*

Warning. If you’re a mentor actually involved in a battle, turn away now. I know this is a stressful time for you. So of course the rest of us are going to have fun with it. And that’s the truth of it. Behind the scenes right now the mentors who are engaged in battle are...

Prepare for Battle (Behind the Scenes)

It’s that time. Mentors are preparing to battle for their favorite submissions. A lot of people wonder what that’s like. And who can you count on to give you the behind the scenes truth? Obviously you’d imagine this would be handled with the utmost decorum. Sure. Brenda keeps things calm  throws a live badger into a...

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I am a Soldier and a Science Fiction writer. Usually I write about Soldiers. Go figure. I'm represented by Lisa Rodgers of JABberwocky Literary Agency. If you love my blog and want to turn it into a blockbuster movie featuring Chris Hemsworth as me, you should definitely contact her.

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