Friday, October 25, 2013

I Won Something!!!

Last week I entered Natalie Whipple's(author of Transparent) seven line pitch contest over on her blog Between Fact and Fiction. Pitch your story in seven words(to celebrate her seven year blog anniversary) and she would pick seven winners to receive a query and 10 page critique. Woo-boy! So when it came time to find out who the winners were, I had that yucky tummy feeling as I scanned the page and then...I saw my name! It was the best.feeling.ever.


This is the pitch I submitted: Grieving teen fights gargoyles in 1777 Boston.
And here's what Natalie said: I liked the historical aspect of this, and am interested to see how the implied paranormal elements play in. Maybe because I'm in love with Sleepy Hollow, but 1777 Boston sounds like a cool time period to showcase.

Squuuueeee!!! I think it's so neat that Natalie did something like this. Plus, it was super interesting to get to read all the entries. Natalie's also got a new book coming out soon(April 15th 2014) called House of Ivy and Sorrow that promises to be terrific. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15728807-house-of-ivy-sorrow?from_search=true

So how 'bout you all- anyone have any good news to share too? Love to hear it!

46 comments:

  1. Congrats, Leandra! That IS a good pitch.

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  2. I have to say, I'd buy the book based on the pitch. It sounds awesome! I love the idea of gargoyles - it's time for more unique monsters, not the same-old-same-old all the time. Congrats! :-)

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  3. Congrats! After seeing your pitch, I'm not surprised you won. You hooked me. :)

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    1. Thanks! I hope it wasn't too painful...lol!

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  4. I KNOW!!! I saw the announcement on her blog and immediately squeed for you! *squeeee* This is terrific, excellent, amazing news. Congrats!

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    1. Aw, thanks! Fellow squees are the best!

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  5. Make a "finger 'w'" and hold it over your forehead! ("W" not only stands for "winner," but it kind of looks like a teeny crown, as well!)

    I love the idea of gargoyles on the loose. That right there is a terrific creep-factor ... those dang things are supposed to stay put. I'll be interested to find out where they came from as colonial New England was not know for gargoyles. What a cool concept.

    Congrats on the prize!!!!!!

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    1. I totally did the 'w' fingers! =) I'm just glad no one was watching, 'cept maybe the dog...

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  6. Congratulations, Leandra :) Love the concept too!

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  7. Woot! Congrats, Leandra! That's awesome. I can totally see why you won, too--your book sounds amazing and I'd totally want to read it too!

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  8. That's excellent news, congratulations.

    I don't have good news to share, but I have entries out there so it could, just possibly, happen.

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    1. Ooo, I'll be crossing my fingers for you!

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  9. That picture is priceless. And congrats! I'm not sure if it's good news or just insane news but I signed up for NaNo and PiBo. If I can finish my poor neglected novel it will be good news. Your pitch is intriguing.

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    1. Yup, I completely want to pinch those chubby little thighs, lol! Good luck w/Nano & PiBo! And you know, for these being 'writerly' months, we all totally sound like we're spouting a bunch of gibberish. =)

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  10. Seven hearty cheers, Leandra!!!!!!! What a powerful punch you packed in only seven words.

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  11. Well deserved! What a great win.

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    1. Muchos gracias! Figured you'd appreciate the Spanish- that I might've just messed up. Maybe it's muchas, since I'm addressing a girl? Or does masculine and feminine not matter in this instance? Too long since high school Spanish! =)

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  12. Wonderful pitch! Congratulations!

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  13. I am now your newest follower!

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  14. Awesome pitch. Congratulations! Well done!

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  15. Congrats! To you. I'm finishing up a MS so that's good ne ws for me. Been.a long journey for this one.

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    1. Yay! It's the best thing ever to finally finish! And I feel your pain, the above ms that I pitched took me three years to write- and that's not counting revision(which I'm still doing...). But, hey, only put your best out there, right? =)

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  16. Hey Leandra,

    I suddenly have this urge to go back to the Boston of 1777. Actually, Boston isn't that far from where I live in England. Oops, wrong Boston :) Well done and that photo is adorable.

    Gary :)

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    1. There's a Boston in England? I never knew! But it makes sense, considering where the colonists originated from. And, yeah, I love this picture. It makes me smile everytime I see it. I only hope she didn't end up w/skinned knees. =(

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  17. What a great pitch! No wonder you won. Congratulations =D

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    1. Aw, thx! And I do believe I'll steal your smiley face- I like that one! =D Cool...

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  18. Hey thats fantastic!! Big congrats to you! And even if you don't get an actual full request, a pair of professional eyes on your work is always a leg up. And I agree it sounds fascinating!

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  19. Congrats, and I'd be up for a gargoyle story set back in 1777!

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    1. Yay(I like hearing things like that...)!

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  20. That is awesome! Congratulations! And no surprise you won, your pitch sounds great!

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  21. I love the setting and have always found gargoyles strangely romantic. Congrats on the win, Leandra!

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    1. Thank you! And gargoyles are responsible for two of my characters being in a tight spot together for an extended period of time, so that's sort of romantic, right? As long as you don't count that the gargoyle would like to get to them so it could eat their faces off, lol!

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