#nestpitch 2015!!!

Hi everyone! I want to announce #nestpitch 2015! I’ll be slush reading in this agented Twitter contest, and I CAN’T WAIT to see some awesome entries that will blow me away. Submission is April 1st, and below is just a general overview. I’ll be posting updates as the sub time gets closer.

A full list of dates, rules and conditions will be posted on the 23rd / 24th of March. For now just remember March 23rd /24th and April 1st.

The submission consists of:

(i)                 35-word pitch

(ii)               Answer to this question: If your MC was an Easter Egg, what flavour would s/he be? (no more than 15 words please)

(iii)             1st 300-words of your manuscript*

*1st 300 = if you have a prologue, then your 1st 300 starts from your prologue. If you don’t think your prologue is strong enough then perhaps you need to rethink your prologue.

Finish at the end of a sentence. This is 300-word MAX, so your last word is 300-words. If your sentence finishes on 292-words, submit that. If your sentences run into 30 or more words, then rethink the length of your sentence(s). Broken sentences do no one favours.

This year we will not be accepting PB’s – I have something special planned for PB’s (and perhaps MG’s) for December 2015 assuming I can get all my ducks in a row.

Two things to add/note:

(1)               A condition of entry is any MS #pitch submitted to previous #pitches, which resulted in being selected, in the twelve months prior to April 2015, is ineligible.   The only sub-clause to this is #PitchSlam. Please let us know if  you have the same MS in #PitchSlam & #Nestpitch, and again if you’ve been selected. I have spoken to the Host of PitchSlam & we’ve agreed to work closely on this one.

(2)               This year there will be less final selection featured pitches. (Expecting final number to be around 40). With each Team concentrating on fewer submissions, we can be more hands-on with feedback and mentoring. By doing this, not only will the pitch + 300-words be stronger, but so will the entire MS. This year there will be rounds.

a.      Round #1: Last year I gave everyone the benefit of the doubt when errors were made in following guidelines. That will not be the case this year, aside from formatting issues (which happen). To get past #1 the author’s must be able to follow guidelines.

b.      Round #2: This year each Team will select an initial 5-8 submissions and then request more pages/material. Based on the additional pages/material, each Team will drill their selection down to between 4-5 to go to the next round

c.      Round #3: On having picked their final 4-5, each Team will then critique the first 2,500-words and ‘get to know’ the author(s). This is a 3-fold process. Being selected does not necessarily mean being featured. Teams will want to know the author(s) are willing to accept feedback etc.  The Teams will work with their author’s for 3 weeks, offering feedback, sharpening pitches, & suggesting improvements. After this, the author’s have a full week to re-read their MS in full & make any final changes; before the agent round.

Just a general overview. For more information and to stay updated about dates and agents involved please follow the #nestpitch blog.

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Eurotrip 2014 Part 1—Amsterdam

I went to Amsterdam! Missed a flight, ate space cake, and cursed with Swedish men.

The Travel Faerie

I arrived at the Nashville airport at about 4:30 am on Saturday, December 20th, eyes full of glittering stars and heart bursting with excitement. In an hour and a half I would be flying to Europe for the first time.

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Let me just preface this by saying that important trips never, ever, ever go according to plan.

The flight was long and exhausting. After an eight hour layover in New York, we took a redeye to Amsterdam and arrived at around 6 am cranky, hangry, and tired.

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I’m not sure what exactly I expected. Maybe the scene from The Fault in our Stars, where Hazel and Gus walk along the water, and drink stars, and kiss in that sickeningly romantic way in the Anne Frank house.

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It was cold, gray, sleepy and rainy when we arrived in Amsterdam. It was easy enough to navigate, so we quickly found…

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