November 3 is tomorrow, and that means the PitchWars agent showcase is practically here. I’ve been knee-deep in editing for the past few months, hence my lack of posts and significant dive in social media (sorry, Klout). I’ve learned so much about my craft and what it takes to truly shine my MS. Post PitchWars, I’m planning to do a series of blog posts touching on some of the changes I made, because a lot of the errors and consequent fixes are useful to just about any fledgling author.

But for now, I want to address the elephant in the room. The PitchWars agent showcase. A lot of peeps be out there like …


And while sweating bullets is totally normal, I couldn’t be happier. Incoming cheesy post in 3 … 2 … 1 …

PitchWars agent showcase

I’m so thankful to be here, polished MS in hand, ready to deliver my words to agents around the world. Shoutouts to all my peeps — we did this together!


First off, I have to thank Layla Reyne. Guys … I have no words to express my gratitude, but I’ll do my damnedest to try. She is incredibly thorough and brilliant, pointing things out in my work that seriously elevated my writing. To top it all, she’s just an awesome individual. I’m so thankful that my experience turned out this way and that she picked me!


Yes. It was that magical. And seriously, if you need a steamy, amazing read, buy Single Malt when it comes out next year.

Brenda and her lovely team

I mean, c’mon. I can’t even fathom the amount of time it takes to run something as massive as PitchWars. And out of the goodness of their hearts, too! In the years to come, I plan on giving back as much as I can to keep this amazing contest live. Brenda and lovelies, thank you. Thank you for all that you do. Contests like this truly help aspiring writers, and I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say that you all are simply awesome.


To those I submitted to (and those I didn’t), thank you. (There’s a trend here, guys.) I’ve been following you on Twitter, taking note of your advice and simply enjoying getting to know you. You all are beautiful people for donating your time and resources. Keep being magical.


Eeeep! We did it! OMG WE DID IT. Let that sink in for a moment. I’m so proud of us! Now that the showcase is here, I’m going to be sending emails like mad in the next few days in the hopes you’ll let me beta read your amazing manuscripts. Let’s continue to support each other here and in the future. Between the Facebook group and Twitter and every other interaction in between, thank you. We kept each other strong (and let’s be real — sane).

All participants and aspiring authors

Guys, rejection is hard. I’ve been there. I didn’t get into PitchWars last year. Let me be real with you for a minute … It was incredibly difficult to be sitting there, watching everyone else gear up for the PitchWars agent showcase when my own work wasn’t selected. So this is for you.

PitchWars Agent Showcase Puppies

Yup. A box of puppies. Please, PLEASE, keep writing. You all are so talented, and I’d hate to see you walk away from something that you love. I almost did, and I’m so thankful I didn’t. Enjoy these puppies. Treat yourself. Maybe start something new with NaNoWriMo. We’re all rooting for you.

And of course, no post would be complete without a shoutout to …

My CP!

I love you, girl. Even though we weren’t critiquing each other’s work as much during this time period, you kept me going! Words of encouragement, room to vent, silly gifs — I’m thankful for it all. Here’s to all that and a bag of chips in the future. Rad.

Closing thoughts

Now that I’ve thoroughly dumped buckets of love into your laps, it’s time for me to to find a way to occupy my mind during the request period. No matter what happens, requests or no, I’m happy. This contest in and of itself was a win, a major accomplishment. Keep on writing, peeps. You never know where you’ll be next year.