What a week! I thought last week was a whirlwind, this one almost got away from me. I have returned to civilization and (almost) miss those psychotic chickens. I don’t miss the bugs. I finally stopped itching, yesterday, even with the toothpaste. I must admit that I have dipped into the sacred pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk. After the week in the country, though. I don’t even feel guilty about it.
Here’s a look at this month’s #writemotivation goals:
1. Submit Institutionalized (YA contemporary) to five more literary agents. I’ve done more eliminating of possibilities this past week than submitting, but that is part of the process. Some on my short list, when I looked closer didn’t really fit as well as I had hoped. This was pretty time-consuming. The good news is, my list is shorter. I also haven’t received any rejections, so I still have five submissions out.
2. While participating in Camp NanoWriMo, write at least 50K towards first draft of Pretty Vacant (YA contemporary). (Yay, camp!) I spent more time on my other camp this past week than this one since it ends first, but I still made a little progress. Yay, for camps with NO BUGS!
3. Read at least five more books – review one on the blog. I’m currently reading Sara Zarr’s How to Save a Life and digging it. Slowly chipping away at that gargantuan TBR pile. I may even snag Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series away from my daughter soon.
4. Finish critique of friend’s manuscript. (Hopefully by her birthday midway through the month!) Extreme sad face. Not. Even. Started. Utter Failure.
5. Exercise 4 times each week. More than four times, baby! Got the cramps and muscle strains to prove it!
6. Participate in all Crit Camp activities, which include critiquing 10K samples from manuscripts from the other participants and preparing crit letters. I’ve had so much fun doing the work for Natalie C Parker’s Crit Camp! I’ve received my initial crit letters back and Natalie’s feedback on my critiquing was so great. I’m ready to write up my final crit letters with much more depth and clarity. I hope my own critique partners notice the difference in my critiquing when we meet up next week. I can’t wait to try out my new skills.
On last minute announcement…drum roll please!!!
I entered my Middle Grade manuscript, Night of the Museum Crashers, into the Christmas in July Pitch Contest and out of 206 entries, mine was one of 30 chosen!
Yeah, baby! I’m so excited!
So what happens next? On July 18th and 19th, all the winning entries (Yes, that includes mine!) will be posted on the two hosting blogs. The lovely Michelle Krys and her equally lovely companion across the pond, Ruth Lauren Stevens have assembled these fantastic group of agents to view and make comments on the entries or possibly even make requests for submissions:
Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services
Tracey and Josh Adams of Adams Literary
Becky Vinter of Fine Print Literary Management
Diana Fox of Fox Literary
Molly Jaffa of Folio Literary Management
Lucy Carson of Friedrich Literary Agency
Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.
Logan Garrison of The Gernert Company
Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency
Tamar Rydzinski of Laura Dail Literary Agency
Monika Verma of Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, Inc.
Brianne Johnson of Writers House
Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency
Stefanie Lieberman of Janklow & Nesbit
Jessica Sinsheimer of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Katie Shea of Donald Maass Literary Agency
Amazing, right? Check out Ruth or Michelle’s site for more details. And make sure to stop by to check out all of the amazingly talented entries on the 18th (including mine!OMG! So excited!) You can also follow the action on Twitter at #XmasinJuly and I’m on #TeamRuth. (Never been on a team before…very cool!)