Monday, October 19, 2015

PitchSlam! 250 Word Critique Selections: Peeves Edition

Hi there, PitchSlammers! The Goblet of Fire was sent out for cleaning--can't have all that smoke tarnishing its shine! We tried to get a mandrake to choose, but frankly, we couldn't handle the shrieking. So we asked resident poltergeist Peeves to choose the 100 selections for this second feedback round.
 
To be honest, he didn't seem interested, but he enjoyed the brief moment of tossing the paper slips into the air. Until he shredded them, that is. These were titles left intact.
 
Titles are sorted by AGE category. Please read carefully to see if your title is included. Please remember that feedback is subjective.
 
Adult
THE DARK MATTERS
FOUR TRAGEDIES
THE REBIRTH OF LILLIAN ROSE
CIRCUITS
SETTLE THE SCORE
SERENGETI
 
BEAUTY BOUND
THE MAD BARON'S DOOMED DAUGHTER
AVA AND GRAHAM
KISMET FALLS
A FRAGILE STATE
FAE FAVORED
FINDING PERSEPHONE
 
COLLARED
THE GOLD IN THE RED DIRT
THE VALLEY OF ROSES
THE REMOTE PART
BAD THINGS COME IN THREES
SADISTIC
 
WINTER RAINS
THE PENDRAGON'S SON
INFINITY LINE
TIDES OF MAGIC
A SONG FOR SARAH MCPHEE
 
Women's Fiction
THE PERFECT WIFE
THE CONFESSIONAL
 
New Adult
MY SOUL TO GIVE
ASHES
ALETHIA
CHASING HAPPILY EVER AFTER
JESSICA ROSIO, PI
 
Young Adult
THE STOLEN GIRL
GLUTEN FREE
THE EVASION THEORY
A CURSE MOST WICKED
STORM COMPASS
THE OTHER PLACE
 
SKIN DEEP
FOUR WINDS FROM A TEMPEST
CLOUD 9
THE BLOOD PIRATE
LOVE STORIES
NAKELLE
THE DECEMBER STONE
AS SEEN ON EVIE
ECHO CHAMBER HEIST
 
AFTER LIFE
HASHTAG WITNESS
EMBERED FLAME
A COMPLETE LIFE OF ITS KIND
TOP SECRETS
RIDE THE LINE ETERNAL
RED
GHOST KARMA
 
SPIRITS OF SHAMBHALA
MUSE
SUN OF THE BEAST
HEADS OR TAILS
THE TRAVELER'S TRUTH
DEFINING NORMAL
MY GOOD ANGEL
 
THE GHOST FROM NOWHERE
GENESIS
PROTECTORS
THE MARK OF THE CARAIRAIN
THE CURSE OF JENNY GREENTEETH
LITTLE BLACK BOX
A TALE OF JACKETS AND PHONES
 
REMINISCE: CALL OF TWO ROADS
MISSION X
THE FIRST LAW OF LOYALTY
FIELD OF VIOLETS
STAGED
GLORYLAND
 
THE UTOPIANS
CUSTODIAN
FIREBIRD
HER GOLDEN CRIMES
THE STONE OF VIRTUE
SYD-PLY MISUNDERSTOOD
BAD BLOODS
RED RAIN
 
THE MEXICAN DREAM
THE LAMB
DIA DE LOS MILTON
 
Middle Grade
I'M NOT A ZOMBIE, BUT I PLAY ONE ON TV
SEARCHING FOR HOME
THE CHALLENGER
JEREMIAH STOUT AND THE CURSE OF THE GOLDEN HARP
THE SHADED EYE
THE OSTRICH AND THE ROSE
 
THE TREASURE OF ZENO ARCHIMEDES SMITH
WHIMSY GRAYSE
THE NOWHERE STAIRS
PETDEMONIUM
SULTANA SINKING
 
THE GRYPHON RIDERS
FINDING ME
BUMPER MCGEE
WHEN YOUR BEST FRIEND WANTS TO BE YOUR GIRLFRIEND (AND OTHER HORROR STORIES)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

PitchSlam! The Pitch Round Goblet of Fire Selections

Hey PitchSlammers! it's the moment you've been waiting for, agonizing over, maybe even losing sleep over!

The entries have been tossed into the Goblet of Fire, and the following have been spat out of the flames! *blows off ashes*

Selections are grouped by age category and listed by title, so please read carefully!

Adult
ERIN JANE
TO FIND THE AIR
MENDED
THE COINS OF MAMMON
SERENGETI
THE LAST LEAF
THE TREASURES OF DODRAZEB
SUFFER THE CHILDREN
START, KILL
INNOCENT LIVES MATTER
KISMET FALLS
THE MAD BARON'S DOOMED DAUGHTER
INVISIBLE INK
WINTER RAINS
THE VALLEY OF THE ROSES
THE DARK MATTERS
THE ORCHID GIRLS CHASE
VENOM
THE STALKING HORSE
COLLARED
A SONG FOR SARAH MCPHEE
FINDING PERSEPHONE
FAE FAVORED
BAD THINGS COME IN THREES
THE STAGE
THE WRITE TYPE OF WRONG
UNTIL THE END
TUMBLE INTO ME
SADISTIC
CODED FOR MURDER
BEAUTY BOUND
FAMILIAR SPIRITS
A STORM'S MIGHTY FURY

Women's Fiction
THE PERFECT WIFE
AMERICAN PANDA
STUPID GIRL
BEATRICE BLAKE, NOVICE

New Adult
NOT FIGHTING FAIRE
CHASING HAPPILY EVER AFTER
AN UNDERGROUND FAIRY TAL
GOOD GONE DARK
ALETHIA
MY SOUL TO GIVE
SCIONS AND SAINTS
DEEPLY ALIVE--A BADASS LOVESTORY
SECOND-SELF


Young Adult
LITTLE BLACK BOX
NORTHERN GHOSTS
SEVEN SEAS
MISSION X
THE FATED UNDESIRABLE
SOUL BLADE
PROTECTOR: AURIA'S SONG
THE UTOPIANS
CUSTODIAN
FOUR WINDS FROM A TEMPEST
DIA DE LOS MILTON
A MARVELOUS FAMILY TRAGEDY
ISLES OF ALYIS
BAD BLOODS
ILLUSION

FIELD OF VIOLETS
THE EVASION THEORY
PROJECT SIREN
THE PALACE OF SAND
THE VAULT
DRAGON'S CURSE
SOCIOPOP
THE BACKSLIDERS
THE STOLEN GIRL
THE DARKNESS DEVOURS
HAVEN
IMMORTAL SECRETS
A COMPLETE LIFE OF ITS KIND

MUCH ADO ABOUT HOMECOMING
THE DREAM WARS
WHITE RAVEN
HACKER GIRL
THE MECHANICS OF HAVING HORNS AND WINGS
STATUS: POSITIVE
CHILDREN OF AVALON
MUSE
ALICE GAMES
THE NEW RECRUITS

THE CHALLENGER
RESPAWN
FAIRY RING
SMARTS
WILD CALLING
THOSE NOT CHOSEN
LILY AND LION
AFTER LIFE
THAT PLACE IN MY HEART
UNDER THE ICY LAKE
WEIRD
THE DROWNING OF MOLLY WHITFORD

MARISOL
A TALE OF JACKETS AND PHONES
GLORY'S REALM
BETWEEN SOUND AND SILENCE
RED RAIN
OUT OF THE COLD
TOP SECRETS
THE CURSE OF JENNY GREENTEETH
THE GARDEN
REMEMBER NINE
THE WOLF AND THE RAVEN
WILLOW MARSH
FINALLY AWAKE
SYD-PLY MISUNDERSTOOD

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SLOANE STEVENS
ALISHA'S TREE
A TRACE OF MADNESS
SAVAGE ARIA
REMINISCE: CALL OF TWO ROADS
THE WORLD IN GRAY
THE UTOPIANS
EMBERED FLAME
RIDE THE LINE ETERNAL
FOREST LAKE
THE DESTINY MATRIX
SKIN DEEP
A CURSE MOST WICKED
WHITE AS SNOW
IN THE SPACE BETWEEN

BORNLESS
BRAIN DAMAGE
186 LIES & COUNTING
DEFINING NORMAL
HASHTAG WITNESS
HOTEL FROM HELL: THE 108 MILE MURDERS
THE FLAMES OF ORIANA
THE BLOOD PIRATE


Middle grade
WHEN YOUR BEST FRIEND WANT TO BE YOUR GIRLFRIEND (AND OTHER HORROR STORIES)
THE SHADED EYE
THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY
FINDING ME
THE CHALLENGER
PETDEMONIUM
LARIMAR--THE HIDDEN CITY
BFF GUIDE TO EVERLASTING FRIENDSHIP
THE LAST PAPER DAHL
SULTANA SINKING
THE HOUSE ON WINGING WAY
TO THE OTHER SIDE
GIRL
THE STORYTHING COMETH
MERMAID OF THE FORGOTTEN ISLAND
CATNAPPED
THE JUSTICE DRAGON'S SECRET
THE OSTRICH AND THE ROSE

Monday, October 5, 2015

#Pitchslam is Nigh! A Bit About Feedback

It's time for another season of Pitchslam, the writing contest with the bonus of feedback! For all the nitty-gritty, you can check out our fearless leader's post here:
 
 
There's all kinds of bonuses to writing contests: feedback, getting your work in front of agents who might not be open to queries at the time, camaraderie between contestants, and even finding critique partners who get you but aren't afraid to tell you when you're way off course. (Seriously, crit partners (CPs) are essential. If you don't have one, get one. Or three.)
 
What I really like about writing contests is getting fresh eyes on my pitch or first pages. As the writer, we know the ins and outs of our story, and those details never really leave our minds. So when we're writing queries or pitches, it's easy to think our summary makes sense when really we're filling in a gap with our insider knowledge. When we think it's good, that's when we need fresh eyes on it.
 
If an outsider can tell what your novel is about from the pitch/query, then you're on the right track. If not, then you might want to look at it again.
 
:: FEEDBACK IS A SUGGESTION, NOT A DEMAND::
 
All feedback, when it comes down to it, is a suggestion. No one is required to make changes someone else recommends. It's important to strike a balance in receiving and utilizing suggested revisions. If a dozen people give you a dozen different comments, then it's probably safe to disregard them. If a dozen people give you the same piece of advice, then you should probably consider reworking that place in your story.
 
::WAIT BEFORE YOU JUDGE THAT FEEDBACK::
 
You've toiled away on your novel, put into it lots of blood, sweat, and tears, and having someone tell you that you need to change it can be hard to swallow. Step away from it all for a minute, take a breath, and really consider it. Depending on the size of the change, take a week or month if you have to. Decide if it's the right move for you. If it feels like it's absolutely wrong, then thank them for their suggestion and move on.
 
::REVISIONS ARE A NORM::
 
Expect change. Nothing we put out is perfect. All the way up to the day your novel hits the bookstore shelves, you'll be asked to make changes by your critique partners, your agent, or your editor. And even after it's all said and done, you probably find something you'd wished you'd changed. If you can see it as an opportunity rather than an obstacle, it'll make the road a lot less bumpy.
 
So, in the spirit of feedback, give me some of yours in the comments!