Oh man. I guess I didn't have enough stress in my life. You know what I just heard about? I'll give you a hint, it's in the title. Yes... Pitch Wars.
If you're not familiar (which I wasn't until just recently) it's a contest of sorts where people put together a full agent pitch and submit it to a website and some mentors. The pitch consists of the first ten pages/first chapter of the novel, the synopsis, and the query letter. Those who win will get the chance to have a published, experienced author/editor work with them to turn their book into something amazing and good enough to put out there.
Needless to say, this is a big opportunity for me. Submissions opened last night and close tomorrow night, so I'm rushing like a madman to put some last minute polish on my query and synopsis. And you know what? I've decided I absolutely HATE queries and synopses.
Now, I needed to have a query letter and a synopsis anyway, so it's not anything I shouldn't be doing. But man... if there's one thing writers are bad at (or maybe it's just me) it's telling people what our story is about. Give me 300 and I'll spin you a yarn or two you'll love. Ask me to summarize that story in 500-1000 words...eh... er... it has vampires. Wait, no, it mentions vampires. Um. Werewolves! There are werewolves! Two different kinds, even!
Point is, everything else, my short story, my side projects, they're all on hold because I need to focus completely on this. I have less than 24 hours to get my query and synopsis up snuff. This is an incredible opportunity for me. Will I get picked? Maybe, maybe not. But if I don't submit anything, I definitely won't get anything.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.