Book ABCs

Hi all! So I want to apologize for not posting in the past couple of weeks. I did say I don’t have a set posting schedule though! So I mean I warned you right? (Okay I know it’s a poor excuse. Sorry!)

Anyway, I entered Pitch Wars! Currently I’m waiting to hear from mentors and oh my GOSH is it nervewracking! But I’m working on distracting myself. I have a new work in progress (actually two but that’s a whole other story) and I’m doing my best to get a decent word count on it before the 25th when I find out if I got chosen or not as a mentee.

So one of the distractions I chose for today was this. I was bored and couldn’t focus so I decided to do a fun little thing. Here are my favorite books I own from A-Z.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Born at Midnight – C. C. Hunter

City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover – Ally Carter

Emerge – Tobie Easton

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Grave Dance – Kalayna Price

Huntress – L. J. Smith

Iron Queen – Julie Kagawa

Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

Killer Instinct – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Last Sacrifice – Richelle Mead

My Soul to Steal – Rachel Vincent

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale – Christine Warren

Oh. My. Gods. – Tera Lynn Childs

Paper Towns – John Green

Queen of Shadows – Sarah J Maas

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan

Truthwitch – Susan Dennard

Unhinged – A. G. Howard

V

Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

X

Y

Zombie Queen of Newbury High – Amanda Ashby

I did my best not to repeat authors. Some of the letters were hard to find among my books. As you can see I couldn’t find anything at all on my bookshelf for a few letters. But I 100% recommend all of these books and authors!

Honorable Mentions: Cress by Marissa Meyer, Forget you by Jennifer Echols, Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep & The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

What are some of your favorite books?

Kailey

#PitchWars

Hello all!

So last week I was messagingĀ Tobie Easton about her fabulous book Emerge (finished it recently and it was fantastic). I asked her for advice when you’re querying and she suggested I enter the #PitchWars contest. I told her thank you and that I’d probably enter it.

Well, at the time, I had no idea what that was.

Looking it up I was able to get a good understanding of what this contest is about. Basically, this is a contest where, if you have a full manuscript, you can submit it to four mentors. Those mentors will then choose from the pile of submissions who they want to be a mentor to. If your manuscript is chosen then you work with your mentor for about two months to edit and improve it. Once you’re done with that it goes up for the agent round. Agents sift through the queries and manuscripts and, if you’re lucky, might decide to offer you representation.

I think that made sense. I hope that made sense. Since I’m terrible at explaining these kinds of things I suggest you go check out this post from the creator of the contest Brenda Drake.

I know now that I’m entering the contest. Even if I don’t get chosen by a mentor it’s a great opportunity. Plus it’s FREE to enter (unless you want to donate and get to submit to two extra mentors!). A lot of stuff is not free and so I feel like taking advantage of free contests is really important. Especially when you’re a college student on a budget.

Maybe I’m the only person on the planet who didn’t know what #PitchWars was until last week. Maybe not. But I hope that if you’re reading this, you’ll at least look into the contest. It’s a great opportunity and I’d love for someone else to take advantage of it and maybe get the chance to work with a mentor. Submissions open on August 3rd so go check this out!

Alrighty well I’m off to work on my next project! LOOK AT THIS FABULOUS CONTEST!

Kailey

Save Me A Spark

Yesterday I spent the entire day at Vans Warped Tour. This was my second time at warped and I had an amazing day watching bands and meeting people. 

One of the things I got to do was go to a class with Kellin Quinn and Nick Martin of Sleeping With Sirens. In this class they talked about what inspired them and gave them their spark. Music.

It got me thinking about what my spark is. Writing. 

Basically the spark they talked about is what makes you feel good or like you’re contributing to your world. It’s what you’re passionate about and you love doing. For me that’s writing.

I’ve known since my freshman year of high school that I wanted to write books for a living. It’s something I love doing more than anything. A year after that I finished my very first novel. I wrote it by hand in a notebook that was supposed to be for my biology class. 

But writing led me to create so many things. It led me to want to draw, to sing, to take photos. Writing weirdly opened up an entire creative world to me. It led me to friends I never would’ve met otherwise. And it’s given me so much happiness. 

The way Kellin and Nick talked about their spark, I know that writing is mine. Writing is probably the spark for a lot of you, too. But I want to hear it anyway. Tell me: what is your spark?

Kailey

To Outline or Not to Outline . . .

That is the question.

Recently I was at a convention where I had the opportunity to talk to some amazing authors. I was even able to talk with Susan Dennard one-on-one for a while (she’s so sweet!). They were all very kind and had great advice.

One thing they talked about was outlining. The authors at the conference were pretty split on this issue. Some outline and some don’t. Personally, I didn’t outline my first novel. And now I’m in the middle of outlining my next one.

One thing I’ve learned about the process (from my own experience and from advice given by others) is that it IS helpful. I prefer to just write everything out and then go back and check on the details to make sure everything lines up and flows correctly. That’s what I like to do and that’s what worked on my first book.

Working on my second book, it was obvious there were too many details and small plot points to just write it all out. So now I’m working on the outline for book two and, as much as I absolutely loathe it, it’s going to help me in the long run I can tell.

Ultimately, I know it’s my choice whether I want to outline or not. And when you get down to it it’s about the same amount of time spent. Say I spend two days writing my outline. That’s about what it took me to go back through my first novel making sure I got everything correct. And the more detailed the book is, the more time I’ll spend going through to check it. Same with working on the outline.

Ultimately it’s your call if you want to outline a project. If you think you can do it without an outline go for it! It’s all about you being comfortable with your writing and molding your work into what you want it to be. If you think you can get there without an outline then more power to you!

I’m not sure if this was helpful or not. I’m not even sure it made much sense (I hope it did). If you found this helpful, great!

Just want to point out I will not be posting every day. At least, not once classes start back up. I don’t really think I’ll be posting on a regular basis. I only wanted to post this because I am currenly working on an outline and so the ideas are fresh in my mind. But I hope you don’t mind my weird as hell schedule once it starts up.

Okay that’s it! Back to outlining for me. Ugh šŸ˜¦ Bye!

Kailey

Hello!

Hi! Welcome to my blog. Basically I just wanted a space where I can talk about books and writing and things like that. Occasionally I might talk about music, or my life. I promise to try and keep those posts to a minimum. But in general I’m going to ramble on about whatever I’m reading or working on at the moment.

A little bit about me: I’m a college student, about to be a junior. I am a creative writing major with hopes of becoming a published author in the future. I finished my first novel at sixteen and it is never going to see the light of day if I can help it. I’ve since gotten much better at writing according to the (very) few people I’ve let read my novels. I read as much as I write which means one way or another I almost constantly have my nose in a book. Other than books my hobbies include listening to music every time I have to leave the house and bursting into song at random times. Most recently this was in the middle of the grocery store. I also draw, even though I’m not great at it.Ā I’m a huge hockey fan, have been for years. I’m also insanely competitive so if you like an opposing team this will be fun. Hope you like a good debate.

I’ll always post which book I’m reading on the Currently Reading sidebar. I may post book reviews from time to time, but I don’t have too much practice with that so be patient with me. I have no idea what kind of posting schedule this will be. I’ll probably just post whenever I feel like it, so I’m sorry about that in advance.

I think that’s it for now. If anyone actually read this, wow thank you. Now go pick up a book!

Kailey