I am not mentoring Pitch Wars this year. I’m not burned out on it; I didn’t apply and get rejected. I still owe the entire Pitch Wars experience a huge debt of gratitude going all the way back to 2015. For the record, I love mentoring! It’s one of my favorite things to do! But this year, I’ve got some health issues to deal with and was expecting to be scheduled for surgery right in the middle of the submission period. So I opted not to apply.
This week, I learned that due to COVID’s reemergence, all such surgeries are on hold. Which is fine, because I’d much rather not be exposed to any virus at all in the hospital (and yes, I’m fully vaccinated and have been since the moment I was eligible). They’re assessing the situation week by week and will let me know once it’s safe again.
So I’m not having surgery right now and I’m not mentoring right now. What am I doing? WRITING. If you don’t follow my other social media, you may not be aware that this summer, I signed with Jemiscoe Chambers-Black at Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I’m delighted to be working with her. Her revision notes for my manuscript were stellar, and I’m looking forward to a long and fruitful working relationship.
I realize that this blog has been sorely neglected. Most days, I believe that blogging is a lost art form and definitely a thing of the past. But while my 2020 Pitch Wars wishlist has been getting steady attention, I haven’t added much in the way of new content. Time to remedy that!
This might be of interest to those of you writing romance and women’s fiction: All The Kissing was dissolved last month. But never fear! Due to the love for our #FridayKiss weekly twitter event, a subset of the admin group is still active. We’ve got a lovely group over on Facebook imaginatively called Friday Kiss. Come on over and join us! Our charter is to focus on the craft of writing romance and women’s fiction. There are plenty of other groups available for those interested in different aspects of writing as a career. We share tips and tricks, help with pitches / query letters / synopses / chapters, help people find beta readers and critique partners, and in general believe that paying it forward is the best thing we can do. If that sounds like your cup of tea or coffee, come join us. Our goal is to be a positive and helpful place for those at all stages of their romance/wf-writing careers.