I had a topic in mind for today’s post… #PitMad is this week and I am completely Twitter illiterate. So, I was going to delve into the abyss of my Twitter knowledge and talk about the ‘140 character struggles of a wordy girl.’ But sometimes, and this week included, the words just won’t come, despite my intentions and best efforts. At the eleventh hour, I didn’t even have 100 words. If you write, then I know you know the struggle. (The irony of it all isn’t lost on me… the fact that I can’t find enough words to write a post about my struggles with Twitter and its 140-character limit.)
Thankfully for my bloggers-block self, I did find inspiration in a different form this week, so if you’re interested, read on! As a blogger of the ‘Aspiring Kid Lit Author’ variety, I know I’m not an original idea. There are countless posts each week, from prolifically published authors, pre-published authors and everyone in between discussing their struggles, strategies, and successes. I love it and I consider myself blessed to be in good company. Every now and then, a post or an interview comes through that’s refreshing in its honesty and its approach. This week, the Kid Lit world was blessed by not one but two, and I can’t get enough of them. If you haven’t checked out KidLit411’s Author Spotlight interview with Katey Howes, or 12×12’s Featured Author post by Anna Forrester, you are sorely missing out. I’m lucky enough to have ‘met’ (in the polite, electronic form) both women. They’ve been kind, encouraging, friendly and informative. But in this interview and this post, they are both vulnerable, authentic, and real. It’s always great to read about a books release and an author’s success, but maybe it’s even more helpful to know that even for the ones who seem to have it figured out are still sloshing about in slush piles, or adjusting their expectations. I’ve been lapping up the wisdom that both authors have imparted on the rest of us and you should too!
And just to clarify… I do get the premise, I need a good, punchy pitch for my picture book manuscripts. I need to get my point across in a few words, saving enough for the necessary hashtags, and then hope to attract the interest of an agent. I’m close, very close to sending out a round of queries. I’m waiting on a couple of contests to announce their winners, and then I’m moving forward. So #PitMad falls at a great time for me. Maybe one of the agents from my shortlist will take notice, or maybe I’ll be introduced to someone I hadn’t had the chance to consider. Either way, that’s my mission for this week… I have three MS that are ‘ready’ and I get to tweet a pitch
for each, three times. That’s nine tweets, with 18 hashtags and a total of 1,260 characters… whew, I just reread the instructions, just three tweetes total, can be for the same or different manuscripts. Still, what am I hanging around here for? I have to get to work! See you later alligators!
Before I go, next week is the second installment of Paper People and I. Am. So. Excited. (Does it bother you when people add periods for emphasis?) But seriously, I had the chance to talk with Jason Kirschner, author/illustrator of Mr. Particular and the whole experience was a blast. Please come back and check it out, I guarantee you’ll learn something and laugh a bit along the way.
Okay, that’s it. I’m really finished now.
Thanks for reading, come back anytime!