I made an amazing discovery today. Deep, deep down inside, I actually possess a spark of competitiveness. I’ve always avoided playing Slap Jack because I’m just not aggressive enough to start throttling people I know and love over a stack of cards. Today, I think I could pummel a complete stranger and sleep like a baby (within the limits of Slap Jack, of course).
Because, as of this morning, I’ve become a Pitch Wars Warrior. Deanna Romito, a middle grade author represented by Kerry Sparks of the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency, selected me (and more importantly, Ballooning), out of a pool of applicants to be her teammate in the upcoming Pitch Wars battle.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest hosted by Brenda Drake over at Brenda Drake Writes. It’s an event where a collection of 37 industry professionals, including agented authors, industry interns, and editors, each choose an aspiring writer and act as a mentor. Throughout the next month, the mentor will work with their teammate to prepare them to present their work to a panel of 16 agents in late January. The agents are then free to peruse the submissions and request any material that interests them. The team that gets the most requests will win fame, fortune, and most importantly, an Amazon gift card.
And we are so gonna win.
In the meantime, enjoy a little artwork from me to you. These are a couple of pieces I worked on this fall. The first is a Halloween card my husband and I sent to our families. It’s supposed to be the two of us. Tim Burton style.
The second is an autumn watercolor painting. I just love fall colors! The original is already sold, but if you’re interesting in having something like it, just let me know and we’ll chat.