Sunday, December 7, 2014

Recap of My #pitmad tips

As some of you know, I'm a #pitmad success story. Back in 2013,  I attracted the attention of Meredith Rich of Bloomsbury Spark with my pitch for my novel THE SWEET SPOT. That's not the book that I ultimately ended up writing with Bloomsbury, but it started our relationship. Link

Needless to say, I love #pitmad. This past week, I got to help out Brenda Drake by co-hosting the most recent. I spent the day tweeting tips, so I thought I'd put them all here in one place.

I'd love to answer questions about pitches. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about my experience!

Be professional on twitter. An agent during #pitmad mentioned being turned off by someone's negative tweets & chose not to favorite. #pubtip

Tweets are public. Expect industry pros to look at your feed and bio. Act accordingly if you expect to be treated professionally. #pitmad

#pitmad tip. Now that you have your pitch, practice it out loud so you can answer "what's your book about?" in line at the grocery store.

If agent is open to queries and reps what you write, query traditionally, even if they don't favorite. #pitmad.

Pitching today during #pitmad? Be sure you have a MS ready to send in case someone "favorites" it! Be prepared to submit!

#pitmad tip. Change your pitch to focus on different angles of the story. Include specifics.

Share the #pitmad love. If you like a pitch, retweet it. Leave stars (favorites) for the pros. Total heart attack for the author. #pitmad

The best pitches are specific. MC, goal, stakes, and genre. Hard to do, but worth the effort. #pitmad

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pausing the Blog

Alas, I do not want to abandon this blog, but I just noticed I haven't updated since July. It's been a nice way to track the journey. However, I'm barely keeping up with my blogging responsibilities at AND, and I'm a host on the weekly twitter chat #mglitchat (Thursday nights at 9 p.m.). Oh yea, and writing. Writing a lot.

And yes, I have a book coming out!

ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT will be out next spring from Bloomsbury Spark. Cover reveal scheduled for early November (stay tuned). Add it to your TBR pile here:

My website is up to date here:

You can follow me on twitter here: @KristineAsselin and here: @QueryGodMother

I hope to get back to being a regular blogger, but for can find me in those other places!



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why did the Chicken cross the road?

I don’t really know or care about WHY she crossed the road right now. That’s plot. That’s motivation. That's a different conversation.

What I really want to know is HOW the chicken crossed the road.  Does she march with pomp and circumstance, holding a baton and humming ‘76 Trombones’? Or does she sneak on her belly, stealth like in dark colored parachute pants?

Showing how your character does a simple task tells us more about the character than if you tell us she’s a band leader or a ninja.

Writing prompt: Write a paragraph of how your character crosses the road without telling us who she is. Demonstrate an aspect of her personality by how she moves.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

You’re a writer? Then Write

What do say when someone asks you what you write? YA? Middle Grade? Picture books? Magazine stories? Newspaper articles?

I would argue that you should explore at least two or three genres/mediums. More, if you can manage it. Not only will writing in more than one medium help shape your writing and your craft, it might also get you published quicker, and give you more credentials. 

I started writing picture books (well, the text for picture books) about ten years ago. That morphed into writing a short story, which later became my first completed YA novel. Around the same time, I started to explore nonfiction. And then middle grade. I’m also a freelance copy writer. And my day job is grant writing.

I write. A lot. It’s just not always on the topic or project on which I’d prefer to be working at any current moment. But that doesn’t matter (unless I’m on deadline. LOL). I’m honing my craft. I’m working on word choice. I’m practicing brevity—or depending on the project, I could be practicing the art of descriptive story telling.

Lo and behold, it was the nonfiction that stuck first. I was able to transfer my attention to detail and research skills into Work-for-Hire nonfiction. That gave me the confidence to keep working at my real love, which is YA and Middle Grade.

I wish I could say that I’ve mastered the art of writing. Of being a writer. I spend far too much time on social media to be the productive writer that I know I could be. But by diversifying my writing style, working on a lot of different projects, I feel more confident in my work. More confident in my ability to take on a project and see it through to completion. I’ve also found that it has given me a comfort level to hear criticism of my work, whether from a critique partner or an editor.

What genre or medium do you wish you could tackle?