Monday, November 26, 2012

Mentor Ninja Bio

Tina Moss could sit here and tell you all of the reasons you should pick her as your Pitch Wars mentor, but there’s really only one that matters…she’s a ninja. And she can wield a light saber! Seriously. Ask her agent mates, if you don't believe her. Studying traditional Shotokan Karate for ten years and earning Shodan rank (first degree black belt), she should technically be a samurai. At 5’1” and a half (5’2” on a good day), she can wear the armor well…
However, her stealth-like skills (sorta) and unassuming demeanor (definitely) make her the perfect ninja! She’s even lived in Japan…the land of ninjas! And you never see her coming. As part of Team Ninja she’ll help you sneak in all quiet-like and wipe the floor with the competition! Ninjas don’t lose.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, Tina lists all the other non-ninja stuff here:
  1. Made of awesome. She took a DNA test to be certain.
  2. Master’s degree in English Language and Literature. Thesis on archetypes in Children’s Literature. 
  3. Short story in charity anthology, Winter Wonders, coming out this December from Compass Press.
  4. Ten years teaching English and five years running academic department.
  5. Represented by Super Agents, Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler, of Literary Counsel.
  6. Co-writer with Yelena Casale on A Touch of Darkness – the first place winner of Central Florida RWA's Touch of Magic contest for the paranormal romance division (then called Blood Bond).
  7. Purveyor and crafter of wondrous words in urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
  8. Former member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). First love is picture books.
  9. Member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and MLA (Modern Language Association).
  10. Beta reads ten to twenty manuscripts per year including works for published authors: LM Preston, Kristie Cook, Brenda Corey Dunne, Danielle DeVor, and more.
  11. Will not stop working with you until your MS, query and pitch shine! 

Wishes, wishes, and wishes galore...

Tina loves working with other writers and seeing them succeed. No over-egos or self-wallowing allowed here. There’s enough room on the shelves and in cyberspace for every writer, including you!
Like what you’ve read? Tina hopes so. If you think you'd make an awesome teammate (see made of awesome above) and you’re ready to be a ninja, here’s what Tina is looking for in the Adult market...

  • Urban Fantasy – Kickass main character who isn’t afraid to face inner and outer demons in a rough and tumble city environment. (Favorites: Ilona Andrews, Jeanine Frost, Marjorie Liu)* 
  • Paranormal Romance – Feisty heroine and strong heroes please apply. Off the grid mystical creatures falling head over heels hot for each other. (Favorites: Gena Showalter, J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh) *
  • Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – World-ending? Alternate super scary government take-over? Bleak impossible landscape? Yes! Let's see how your characters deal with the insanity of these worlds. (Favorites: Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth - want to see this brought to adult market)
  • Horror (Thriller too!) – Tina is hard to scare and a bit of an expert on the horror film genre (see Freaky Friday reviews for proof). She loves a well-written horror novel. Be warned, she’ll be tough on this genre, but if you can leave her looking over her shoulder, you’ll have her as a fan for life! (Favorites: too many)
  • Romance – NO CONTEMPORARIES. Tina likes them, but several mentors have more expertise. Shoot for historical, paranormal (see above), mash-up, or category. And make sure it has a happily-ever-after. (Favorites: Michelle Willingham, Karen Marie Moning, Anita Clenney)

*Vampires, angels/demons, and werewolves are a hard sell nowadays, but good story trumps all.

Does your MS falls outside one of these categories? Not sure if it'll work for the Mentor Ninja in Pitch Wars? No worries. Send Tina a note on Twitter and she'll help determine if it's in her area of interest. Not on Twitter? Use Tina's Contact Me page.

Still not sure whether to choose Tina as your mentor? Perhaps her alter egos will convince you…
Batwoman Link Katniss Everdeen
Get those pitches ready and remember to pick the Mentor Ninja! Official details follow below...

Submissions start today (11/26) ! The cut off time to get your applications (query & first five pages of manuscript) in is 8AM EST on December 5.

Send your applications to brendadrakecontests@gmail.com. Writers can apply for up to 3 coaches. The coaches' categories are set. Coaches can only consider the categories they've signed up for. Writers cannot apply for a coach that is not in their category.

For additional information about this contest go HERE (link to your post announcing the contest)
·        This is open to finished manuscripts only.
·         You may only enter one manuscript.
·         Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.

Formatting...

Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Brenda Drake: GONE WITH THE WIND)

Name: Your Name

Genre: The genre of your manuscript

Word Count: The word count of your manuscript

Query letter here  (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.

First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.

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REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches. 

Check back soon for a complete list of the amazing agents participating in the contest. There's over a dozen!

Today all the coaches are posting bios/wish lists on their blogs. So before choosing your top 3 picks, check all the coaches' posts in your category before deciding which coach to submit. To jump from blog to blog, just click on our pictures below.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Turkey Day!

I am on a blog break this week to enjoy the holidays (and four-day weekend, WOOT!) with family. But, I wanted to leave this note for you.


Please head back this way on Monday to discover my bio and interests in the upcoming PITCH WARS!

Until then...HAPPY TURKEY DAY!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Walking Dead: Playing the Odds

Back in January I gave odds for the characters' survival rates and a review on the AMC series, Walking Dead. As the show continues it's AWESOME streak in season 3, let's recap and see how our gang's doing.
Original odds are shown along with my new predictions. The characters that have kicked the bucket are in gray. If I was on the money, you'll see a RIGHT under the odds. If not, a TRY AGAIN. So far, I'm not doing half bad. This might call for a Vegas trip.

FAMILY DYNAMICS
Rick
Original: 2-1
New: 2-1
The hero
rarely dies.
Shane: 100-1
 RIGHT
Evil begets evil
Lori
Original: 50-1
New:  15-1
Dead? Nah.
Theory below.
Carl 
Original: 20-1
New: 12-1
Kid can
shoot now!

THE OUTCASTS
Andrea
Original: 12-1
New: 12-1
Irritating me, but
still going strong.
T-Dog: 30-1
RIGHT
If horror movie
lore prevails...
Carol
Original: 70-1
New:  10-1
Dead too? Nah.
You'll see.
Sophia: 70-1
RIGHT
Unstable family,
odds are against.

THE A TEAM
Dale: 8-1
TRY AGAIN
Wily old men
live forever.
Glenn
Original: 5-1
New: 5-1
Sticking with
the odds.
Daryl
Original: 2-1
New: 1-1
My badass man.
What's not to love?
Me
Original: 1-1
New: 1-1
I'm from Brooklyn.
Zombies? HA!

THE FARM FOLK
Hershel
10-1
AKA new Dale
w/ medical training
Maggie
8-1
She's smarter
than most.
Beth
30-1
At least we know
her name now.

THE WILD CARDS
Michonne
2-1
Samurai sword?
Hell yes.
Merle
3-1
Tough SOB
that won't quit.
The Governor
50-1
Too evil to
live forever.

So, you're wondering why I haven't buried Lori and Carol in the prison yard, right? Here's my theory... In the episode where Lori delivers our new Little Kickass (named so by my man, Daryl), we don't see Carl shoot her. We also do not know Carol's fate as we only see T-Dog get ripped apart by the walkers. 
In the following episode, Rick goes ballistic and hunts down Lori's body. Alas, she was eaten by one of the walkers...or was she? The only evidence we have of Lori's demise is a piece of brown hair stuck between the walker's teeth. As the pair of prisoners try to make nice with the gang, we also see them digging graves--empty graves. No bodies. My suspicion...
Carol saved Lori and is hiding out somewhere in the prison. She refuses to leave to find the others because she won't risk Lori dying. Now, I realize this is very after-school special and in all likelihood Lori might be dead. However, I've played the odds so far. As the Chekhov's gun principle says, "One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it." We haven't seen the bodies. Until we do, the odds are in their favor. 

Rating: A++++++ (this show continues its winning streak)

How do you like the new season of The Walking Dead? What odds would you give the ole gang?

Disclaimer: All character depictions are screenshots of a copyrighted television program or station ID. As such, the copyright for it is most likely owned by the company or corporation that produced, AMC Network Entertainment LL. It is believed that the use of a limited number of web-resolution screenshots for identification and critical commentary on the station ID or program and its contents qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pitch Wars

 Thirty+ teams enter. 
Only one comes out! 
Okay, not quite. But, my team is SO winning!

Brenda Drake in her usual brilliance put together another fun epic contest to work with aspiring writers and give back to our awesome writing community. Here's the official announcement...
We're extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.

Here's the deets...

·         The teams will consist of 1 agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.

·         November 26: The coaches (listed on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to coach. They'll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.

·         November 26 through December 5 at 8PM EST: Aspiring writers will submit 3 "applications" to their top choices for coaches to the contest email (brendadrakecontests@gmail.com). That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each with one of their three top choices for coach.

·         December 5 through December 10: Coaches will read the applications and pick teammates. The coaches don't have to pick from their applications. If a coach passes on an application, it is then up for grabs and another coach, if they haven't connected to their applicants, can snatch it after notifying the applicant and if the applicant chooses the coach.

·         December 12: Teams will be announced. On the announcement post there will be instructions on how the winners must send their work.

·         December 12 through January 16: Each coach will read their teammate's manuscript and give general notes on any issues they find. The coach will help their teammate get his or her pitches ready for the agent round.

·         Note: The material for the agent round will be a 3 sentence pitch and the first 250 words of your manuscript. Coaches will read manuscripts and query letters only once and give notes. It is up to the writer to use the notes from their coaches to get the manuscript and query letter in as best shape as they can to send to requesting agents. The coaches will critique the three sentence pitch and first 250 words. The coaches will read them as many times as they deem necessary. In no way will writers expect the coaches to read the manuscript and query letter more than once or the pitches more than twice.

·         January 20: Coaches will submit shined pitches to the contest email.

·         January 23 and 24: Agents will read and make requests on the pitches they like (it is likely that not all participants will get requests).

·         January 25: We'll announce the team with the most requests and who will take home the winning prizes (an amazon gift card for each).

·         This is open to finished manuscripts only.

·         You may only enter one manuscript.

·         Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.

 Formatting...

Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Brenda Drake: GONE WITH THE WIND)


Name: Your Name

Genre: The genre of your manuscript

Word Count: The word count of your manuscript


Query letter here  (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.


First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.


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REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.


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Friday, November 9, 2012

Freaky Friday: Human Centipede

To the two female leads, the 80s called. They want their hoop earrings and teased hair back. The over-dramatic eyeshadow can go too. Speaking of over-dramatic, let me give you the number to Over Actors Anonymous: 1-800-anti-Bella. Please call.
I'm taking a shot in the dark here and guessing Human Centipede was going for the comedic horror genre...at least in the beginning. Not so much the Scary Movie flicks--number 5 is coming out next year--and definitely not the genius of Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods (Joss if you read this, call me) but something like it. Picture a funky Frankenstein meets pervy frat boy with a chunk of German cliches thrown in (Danke, Eurotrip).
Oh and about twenty minutes in, we find out the girls are from New York! Of course, they are. Although, I honestly would have pegged them for Jersey girls. But then again Jersey has suffered enough Snookis for a lifetime. Either way, apparently the German stereotypes weren't enough, we had to go with the dumb city girl gimmick too. At least they "thought" about getting away before the creepy looking, crazy doctor drugs them.
And the world wept.
The bright note, the actor, Dieter Laser--kudos on best name ever--playing Dr. Heiter,  is brilliant. Uncompromising in his need to "experiment" without any remorse or moral center, he brings to life everything terrifying about a horror villain. It is bad enough what he wants to do to our poor heroines, but before the "operation" he explains the "procedure" to them first...in detail. Brutal. And gross. Really gross. Google it, if you really want to know. I'll wait. Done vomiting? Great. Let's continue...
Gross
At some point, I asked J. Hubs how much more of this atrocity we had to endure, convinced it had to be close to the end, but alas, we were only half way into it. Heaven help me. The pacing is so slow, so painfully slow. Even the creepy Dr. Heiter couldn't keep me entertained. Sorry Doc.
And it doesn't get any better. On the plus side, the male victim in the film is Japanese, so I got to listen to and learn all new Japanese swear words. That's something. I guess. Personally, I have a list of anime I'd rather watch instead. Bottom line, don't bother.

Rating: F

PS I hear there is a sequel out and a third one coming next year. I take it to mean the Apocalypse is at hand.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Urban Fantasy Blog Hop Winner is...

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Halloween Urban 
Fantasy Blog Hop contest! The winner's choice prize of 
any Urban Fantasy book or ebook goes to...


CONGRATULATIONS!

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Corgi Corner: Chuck Gets the Last Word

Welcome to the newest edition of Corgi Corner. In this episode, J. Hubs argues with Chuck, while but I giggle uncontrollably in the background. Chuck, of course, gets the last word.
Chuck agrees. It IS good to be the king!

Apologies for the Wee Wee Pad, but King Chuck needs his royal "throne". 

How do you like the newest edition of Corgi Corner? Here's hoping it puts a smile on your face.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blogging due to Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, my family and I are doing just fine. Our home is intact and power is on. However, many in the area were impacted by this event. The burden to rebuild is staggering. If you can, I'd ask you to please lend your aid. The American Red Cross has setup a disaster relief fund specifically for Hurricane Sandy. The link is here and attached to the picture. Every dollar helps. If you are one of the people in need, please go here for more information.
We'll resume the standard blog schedule next week and the winner of the Halloween Urban Fantasy Blog Hop will be announced  on Wednesday.

Thank you!