Being Zen

I’ve been away for awhile..ahem…again.  But I have a really good reason. So for those three folks out there *waves* (hi Mom!) who read this blog, I hope you understand.

I’m trying to stay super-zen about it, but…Ta-DUM!  I did it! I finished the complete and total re-write on my YA Time Travel novel, VIATOR. Whew!

Aaaanndd, I’ve entered it into one of the coolest contests ever! The AMAZING Brenda Drake’s  Pitch Wars!! WOOHOO!  Check it out here.

Twenty six mentors will select one “mentee” out of the gazillion applicants.  (See why I’m keeping the hope at a very low level?  Cause there are a butt-ton of great writers who entered)   The mentors will help the author shine up their manuscript, and come up with a fabulous pitch for phase 3,  the final part of the contest.  Sixteen top-notch agents will vote on their favorites. The winner is the team with the most full requests.  Duuude… Can you imagine?  Agents FIGHTING over your pitch??  {I may have peed a little}

My entry is in… and now… we wait. The teams will be announced tomorrow Dec. 12th. And though I doubt–oh, how I doubt–I’ll be picked, at least I hitched up my big girl panties and tried.  And sometimes, that’s what counts, right?  All of us pre-published authors out here have heard it so many times.

**It’s not if you win or lose or get the agent or contract. It’s that you tried. You did it!**

*golden harps playing a gentle, triumphant instrumental tune*

Sheesh.. Yeah right!!  Even I didn’t buy that load. I want to get picked. I want the chance to work with one of these phenomenal writers. I want to WIN– by-freaking-cracky!!

Let’s be honest. Don’t we all feel that way?  We can be all noble and honorable on the outside all we want.. Yes, *smiles and nods graciously* it’s an honor just to be nominated.   Now you just know those Oscar losers go home, smack their goldfish around a bit,  and stuff their craw with a pound of Ben and Jerry’s  the moment those Spanx comes off.

But–I’m a big girl and so are you.. (unless you’re a guy–obvi) Don’t ever give up. But if this is not our turn, try to remember ONE thing…

Never stop trying. Never stop writing. And if all fails………………………………………………   Invent a time machine, go back a few years, and steal JK Rowling’s idea.. 🙂

GOOD LUCK all you #pitchwars entrants! 🙂


About Janet

I'm one of those girls who love books so much, I couldn't stand it till I wrote one of my own. I'm dreaming of the day when someone a LOT smarter than me will invent a real time machine. I have a wonderful hubby and two amazing boys, who--over the years--have ruined me forever for sappy chick-flicks. Now, I'm all about the fantasy-action. Thor...mmm... And GoT double mmm! I'm also an author with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...INTO THE DIM & SPARKS OF LIGHT (coming 8/1/2017). I am repped by the phenomenal Mollie Glick of Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
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