Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Dust It Off Bloghop is HERE!!!

Today is the kick off to the Dust It Off Bloghop! If you haven't signed up it's not too late (Click above. I can't figure out how to repost the linky list) and we'd love for you to hop along with us.

First off I want to thank the fabulous Cortney Pearson for hosting this with me. This is a first for the both of us and definitely a learning experience. So thank you for not blocking me when I inundated your inbox with questions. Now let's get to it.

A quick recap: 
The Dust It Off Bloghop will be three days, May 3rd, 5th and 7th.
 We've all had those manuscripts that we poured our heart into, fell in love with the characters and still think of them at random, but unfortunately had to shelf. Now it's time for a little spring cleaning. Take out those manuscripts and Dust It Off!
The first day, May 3rd: We want you to post a 1-2 sentence pitch (Great way to practice pitches) about the shelved WIP. 
The second day, May 5th:  Post your favorite excerpt (300-350 words)
The third day, May 7th: Post what you learned from this WIP. You become a stronger, more rounded writer which each manuscript and we want to know what this particular work taught you.

You can participate in all three and we hope you do, but you don't have to. We know you have lives away from the computer. If you can great. If not we'd be happy with anything you can give us :)

Day 1 prize: 
A book. Who doesn't like a free book?
Cortney's Book: Ditched by Robin Mellom (So jealous!!)
My book: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Andersen
Day 2 prize:
A query critique
Day 3 prize:
A FULL MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE!!! (And of course it is the manuscript of your choice. It doesn't have to be for the shelved WIP. This goes for the query as well.)


And now my pitch from my shelved MS Prove Me Wrong: 
 
Hailey, a seventeen year old mother, hides behind lies to avoid ridicule when starting at a new school, but when she meets Luke, charming, honest and relentless in making her his girl, it becomes increasingly difficult to continue the lies. As the connection between them deepens Hailey’s secret is revealed, blindsiding Luke and leaving him with a choice: be his father's son and walk away, or accept her and the little man she already loves.

Now get your hop on and let the games begin!!!!!


I will be hopping around after my 9-5!

43 comments:

  1. Great pitch - very informative and intriguing!

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  2. Contemporary and ya, my favorite. I haven't read many teen mother stories either; sounds like something I'd read.

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    1. Another YA contemporary fan YAY!

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  3. Ooo, such a condundrum you've created! I've never read a teen mom story before, I feel for her! And thanks for this idea and for letting me join in on this with you, Theresa, you're a genius! :D

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    1. You are too kind! And thanks for co-hosting. You've been awesome. This has been a blast and it's only day 1!!!

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  4. OMGosh, I love this idea. This is something you should finish, polish, and submit. Losts of agents would love this idea if handled well.

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    1. Aww thanks :) This was one of those that I queried too soon, but I think one day I will go back to it. I love it too much to just let it go.

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  5. Haven't read a teen mom story yet either. Sounds like a huge choice for Luke to make. I'm wanting to know more.

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    1. It's funny after I wrote it I felt like there was so many of them out there, but I've actually never read one either.

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  6. Nice. Sounds like something I might read. =)

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  7. Sounds good! Thanks for hosting this. :)

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  8. Wooooo, intriguing ... and I like that you describe the two choices Luke has ...
    I would just say that it's perhaps a little long. Usually pitches are about 35-40 words. Besides that, I think it sounds great!

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    1. Thanks :) and it is soooo long, but that's why I'm terrible at writing pitches. Practice makes perfect, in my case not so much lol.

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  9. Oooo... sounds emotional! Nice, Theresa ;)

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  10. Aw, this sounds like a really sweet romance.

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    1. Luke and Hailey are definitely one of my favorite couples :)

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  11. Oh I remember this story!! I LOVED it then and love it now. :)

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    1. Aww thanks, Kelley! I still do too.

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  12. Aww.This sounds fantastic.

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  13. I love the premise of your story. Hailey sounds like a character we could really root for.

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    1. Thanks and I definitely had my pom poms out for her while I was writing it :)

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  14. That's a great pitch! And I love that photo there. Hehehe!

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    1. Thanks :) and I couldn't resist the photo it was just too cute!

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  15. That's a shelved manuscript? I adore it. I'd love love love to read a book about such a difficult and powerful subject.

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    1. Aww thanks I have a big ol' Kool Aid smile on right now! It's shelved for now, but I hope one day to give it another shot. I really do love the story and the characters.

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  16. The interesting story here, Theresa, is that Hailey is a Teen Mom. The choice that Luke has to make is interesting, but he's not the main character. To make the storyline stronger go back and tell us what choice Hailey has to make. Now if you want to make your story cool, put Hailey on the TV show Teen Moms. Good Luck!

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    1. Ha! That's how I did my research, subjecting myself to hours of Teen Mom. Hailey is nothing like those girls, I couldn't bring myself to do that to her.

      Luke and Hailey are actually both the MC, it's told in alternating POV. Luke has a lot going on too, but obviously I missed that mark in the pitch. lol. For someone who wanted the first day of the bloghop to be pitches I'm pretty terrible at them :)

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  17. Now I wanna read this one! Love the whole idea of it!

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    1. Thanks, Jaycee that means a lot coming from you :) I loved your pitch too!

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  18. Definitely a tough subject, but I'd love to see how you handle it. The pitch already has me rooting for Hailey.

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    1. A really tough subject and one that is more relevant than most realize. That was my biggest fear when writing, if I handled it right.

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  19. Oh wow, I've been thinking a lot about teen-mom stuff lately (I'm so random, ^_^). This sounds very intriguing, I want to see what Luke decides.

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    1. It's an interesting topic to tackle. And thanks :)

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  20. Yay, contemp AND teen pregnancy! And you had me at love interest Luke...

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    1. Yay another lover of contemporary and I love the way you put it. It's like the trifecta lol.

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