So, it’s been a while since my last update on the blog. But here’s a breakdown of what’s been going on. On April 20th, I wrote the last chapter to my book and ended book #1. At this point, I’ve realized this series is most likely a trilogy, perhaps a quartet. I guess we’ll see. In any case, ever since April 20th I have been revising the manuscript fleshing out details and dialogue, adding scenes and just adding more depth in general. I’ve come to the end now and have shifted gears in a new direction.
I’m ready to pitch to agents. But as any writer knows the query process is sort of like a hell on earth. There are enough horror stories filling the web that I don’t need to fill you in here. However, to sum it up for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the query process can be quite arduous and time-consuming. Not to mention heart-wrenching, demoralizing and a whole slew of negative emotions while a writer waits it out desperately hoping to hear back from agents several weeks if not months later. Yeah, sounds pleasant, right?
Not all hope is lost, though. There is another way of going about this. I could pitch my book to agents and editors directly. But, seeing that I don’t know any literary agents or have any connections in the publishing industry I need to set those relationships up somehow. My answer? Attend a writer’s conference, make genuine friends and kill it at the Pitch Slam.
What’s a Pitch Slam you ask? The 2015 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference hosted every year has what is called a Pitch Slam where writers are presented with the opportunity to pitch their work to agents and editors looking for new talent to sign. It’s really a once in a lifetime opportunity and is my motivator for wanting to go to this conference. However, after doing my research I quickly realized that I can’t afford to go to this conference without fundraising. Not one to be deterred from a challenge I decided to take some time to set up an Indiegogo Campaign in the hopes that I could crowd-fund my trip to New York.
I cannot stress enough how much I need your help. That I can’t reach this goal without you. I will need every bit of help that I can get to achieve my dreams. I’m not just referring to fundraising for my trip to NY. I’m also talking about the faith you bestow in me to be successful at what I am most passionate about. I am nothing without the people around me who read my writing, who support what I do and who encourage me on a daily basis. So I’d like to thank you for all that you do for me because at the end of the day I am nothing without you.
If you have some time today, please check out my fundraiser on IndieGoGo‘s Website.
If you’d like to help spread the word feel free to save the image in this post and share it with the hashtag #GetNicToNY and the link to the campaign http://www.igg.me/at/getnictony
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As always, thank you for reading and sticking with me through this journey.