14 thoughts on “The 5 Stages of a #PitchWars Hopeful

  1. This is wonderful. Made me laugh, but it’s all true. The stages occur differently or more intensely for some, but keeping distracted is (in my opinion) the most important.
    Personally I’ve
    -written a short story
    -Done edits on my second book
    -Been trying to keep up the moral of some submittee’s who seem to have lost hope. (It is not over until it’s over and even then it just means to keep trying! ^~^) Don’t stop or give up on yourself. Ever.
    -Playing with my pets because they are just so darn cute and distracting (Love the paw prints, I totally understand!)
    -Joined the group you so wonderfully created on FB for all of us YA peeps and am working on finding CP’s. ^~^
    -Been eating delicious foods, Which is always a great distraction ^~^
    -Been reading. Lots of reading. I currently have three manga’s going, one contemporary romance, a historical fiction (that one is slow going, but good), an epic fantasy aaaand a YA dystopian Science fiction.Yes, I am one of those ‘read-a-dozen-books-at-a-time’ people.

    Thank you for sharing your Week One!

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      • Not starting books on school nights is a very good idea. I’ve been there and it is not pretty in the morning when you got so into the book (just one more chapter) that you only got two hours of sleep.

        As for the books, I normally have two or three that I slow read. One in the bathroom, one in my room, one that comes with me when I go out anywhere. Then, I sometimes pick up a book that super draws me in and I devour it. I’m always looking for the next book I can obsess over, which is why I end up reading so many books at a time.

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  5. Great post, Morgan. I am in fact completely done with my first novel, and I’ve begun the search for an agent. I read a bunch of “How to Write A Great Query Letter” articles and got totally depressed, especially the part where you’re supposed to get “personal” and tell the agent how much you “loved” that last novel they put out and how it’s dang near just like yours!

    Blah. I wonder if I can just skip that part. I listened to an agent podcast a few weeks ago, and she admitted that she often SKIPS the query letter and simply reads the requested ten pages. Hmmm.

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    • Best of luck querying! The trenches are hard.

      Some agents do want the flattery portion of the email — why you picked them. Although, it’s often just to make sure you’re not just blast-sending the same thing to 20 other agents than actually wanted you to stroke their ego.

      But I follow the QueryShark guidelines, where unless you actually have a connection more than “you rep what I write”, you skip that step and go straight for the story in the query.

      You’ll see me do that a lot in my Query Corner posts.

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