Pitch Wars & Team Velvet Steel

Oh, how I love Pitch Wars. But mostly because of the awesome Discord group I gained from tossing my manuscript into the mentoring program. Team Velvet Steel is a group that is a riot. From obsessing over Rhys in the ACOTAR series to Cardan in TCP to mulling over dark characters, they keep things entertaining. And amid all the stabby-stab characters, they create spreadsheets and praise each other’s work.

In the query trenches, it is essential to find a group, or groups, of people who understand the emotional turmoil of putting a manuscript into the world. It isn’t easy. It isn’t for the faint of heart. It doesn’t happen overnight. And waiting…it’s torture.

Every member in Team Velvet Steel pitched their manuscript to Pitch Wars between the 26th to 30th of September. Their pitch consisted of a query letter, a synopsis, and the first chapter of their manuscript. Over the next several weeks, mentors can request more pages and ask questions. And then, it’s radio silent.

Having a group to commiserate with, celebrate with, and hold on to hope with helps fight the mental battle. It is a rollercoaster of emotions. So why not ride it with a group instead of riding solo? I promise it is much more entertaining.

There are a little over two weeks left until the chosen mentees are announced. And even if I’m not picked, I will celebrate those who were—especially those from Team Velvet Steel. They will take the world by storm…one word at a time. And I’m here for it.

 

Beat Sheets, Helpful Websites, & Books For Authors

I’m going to make a concerted effort to create posts with helpful information for aspiring authors. Over the years, I have read a ridiculous amount of books on the craft, stalked awesome websites with great info, and I have created documents to help organize my novel.

Helpful Websites

Creative Indie – By Derek Murphy – One-Page Plot Outline

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University – Show Don’t Tell

Query Shark

Query Tracker

Books on Writing Craft & Style

  1. The Lively Art of Writing by Lucile Vaughan Payne (there are three books – one on composition, one on forms, and one on style.) I bought mine at thrift books.
  2. Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress
  3. Creating Character Ars by K.M. Weiland
  4. Show Don’t Tell by Janice Hardy

Templates

Beat Sheet

Novel Outline Template – 3 ACT

For the Novel Outline Template, it is crucial to have the Navigation Pane selected in Word and the bullets on the left side. You can quickly move through different sections in the document by selecting one of the headers listed in the Navigation Pane.

Hopefully, you find this helpful. And if you have any questions, hit me up.

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