Pitch Wars Success Story with Maria Mora and her Mentor Linsey Miller
Jun23

Pitch Wars Success Story with Maria Mora and her Mentor Linsey Miller

Helping people succeed in the publishing industry is one of the most satisfying parts of our job. Today, we celebrate the success of Maria Mora and her mentor, Linsey Miller! Maria signed with  Erica Bauman of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Please celebrate with Maria and Lindsey in her wonderful success story. Maria, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Linsey? I remember exactly when I read Linsey’s bio, because I was sitting in the courthouse waiting for a hearing on child support due to a clerical error. At the time, I was feeling vulnerable and cranky, and Linsey’s bio was a little ray of sunshine because she sounded like a perfect fit for GATHOS. I was drawn to the fact that she requested diversity in submissions, particular LGBTQIA characters. I carefully “researched” her on Twitter. I have to admit I was pretty intimidated to send my application over to her! Linsey, what about Maria’s application made you choose her? Maria’s book was exactly what I was looking for and what I asked for, and I was instantly hooked by her characters. Maria, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Linsey and I clicked from day one, and sent hundreds of gif-laden emails back and forth as I grappled with rewriting the end of my book. (And working on tons of other issues Linsey deftly pointed out.) She helped me brainstorm and plot solutions. She gave me homework and had me work on plotting out character arcs and motivation. We did two full passes, and Linsey spent an enormous amount of time leaving notes and comments. I couldn’t believe how much effort she put into my book. It was such a humbling experience. She was always there for me when I freaked out, let my lizard brain get too loud, or just needed to scream while surrounded by imaginary flames. My favorite part was how much she cared for my characters. That was motivating every step of the way. SHE LOVED MY BABIES TOO. Linsey, tell us about your experience with mentoring Maria. Maria is one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met. She was completely on board with editing and rewriting, and she worked from the start well through the end of Pitch Wars no matter what happened. She had great ideas, was great at taking critique, and was just as excited as I was to dive into GATHOS. Maria, after Pitch Wars you signed with Erica Bauman of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, tell us about “The Call.” What did you do to distract yourself? How did Erica contact you? How did you respond? How did you celebrate? Anything!...

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The One Million Project . . . Writing for Charity with Jason Greenfield
Jun23

The One Million Project . . . Writing for Charity with Jason Greenfield

Today we’d like to introduce the One Million Project, writers and artists donating their work for charity which gives to cancer research and helping the homeless. Here to tell us about it is founder, Jason Greenfield. (His twitter doubles as the OMP twitter as well.) Hashtags – #OMP #OneMillionProject #CancerResearchUK #Emmaus What is the OMP? A short story collection created by a network of authors, working together to raise money for charity. Website  |  Book Page  |  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon Canada What is the Primary Objective? One Million Project refers to the aspirational sum of £1,000,000, raised through book downloads and paperback sales, with the aspiration of morphing into a Foundation which will continue to raise money for our charities on an ongoing basis, and promote indie writers and artists in their creative endeavours. Where are we at currently? The OMP is a collection of 24 stories by 14 different writers, available for kindle and print download sale. We are in the process of updating to include art for every story. For the price of a cup of coffee readers can expect over 600 pages of entertainment, with all profits going to charity, has been donated for free, for this purpose. You can read about time travel, grim and gritty slice of life, vampires, westerns, space tyrants, true life accounts, mythological adventure, supernatural romance/erotica, fantasy, sword and sorcery, lots and lots of different types of comedy, science fiction, thrillers, horror based and tales of suspense and more. The future of OMP? There are currently over 80 members in the network of writers and artists, as well as media, promotions and project managers. Given the success of the original collection and growth of the OMP brand, we are currently working on further collections to spotlight our newer writers. All profits would continue to accrue towards our £1,000,000 charity goal.   Meet the creator and some members of the OMP . . . JASON GREENFIELD – Originator of the OMP network (2013+) and author of 11 out of the 24 stories. His works include FOREVER TORN, a powerful biography about his grandfather’s fascinating life, THE UNSEEN MAN (superpowers/sci-fi/fantasy epic), THE DASHING BLADE (A mix of comic and straight action adventure, historical, steampunkesque fantasy set in the 1790‘s) and MAD DOG AND THE ENGLISHMAN (Dark Fantasy and the most offensive book you will ever read! Satirical crude humor). He is currently working on a fantasy universe known as The Mythlands, which mixes (mostly) public domain characters and lands from fantasy, fable, folklore, myth, legend and literature with some modern/pop culture twists in an epic apocalyptic adventure … THE...

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