Holiday Post and Giveaway with Pitch Wars Mentor, Destiny Cole

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You’ve heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” but you may not have realized that it also takes a village to raise a book. And I must say, I have a pretty incredible village.

Through all the highs and lows that come with trying to establish a career in publishing, it takes being connected to a special group of writers to help you stay sane. My special group just so happens to be the #PitchWars class of 2014. One of the best parts about being in this community is that it doesn’t stop with CP’ing for each other or posting celebratory/angry emojis when we get good/bad news. Life sucks sometimes and that became so unfairly true for one of our own when she lost her husband to cancer this year. It was as we all walked with her through this no-words-to-explain-crap-storm that I received a whole new appreciation for the love of our group. We rally around each other, proving that our friendships are so much more than just about our careers and writing—we have become genuinely invested in each other’s lives. I am grateful beyond belief for my writing community and the way they infuse perseverance into my life. Because as writers, we need all the encouragement to keep pushing forward as we can get.

Sometimes, the word perseverance gets spun with such a negative connotation. It emits images of haggard, tired people just barely staying upright as they sludge on toward their goal. But for me, the word perseverance elicits feelings of hope. You can only persevere when you’re still moving.

This whole concept is a little something I’m learning and hope to continue to grab onto in 2017. To not lose hope in the face of disappointments, but to realize that each “no” is positioning you for your “yes.” I love what Pierce Brown said, which can be found in the acknowledgements of his book, Morning Star.

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So, this is for all you out there who are burdened with a dream or striving toward a goal that seems so far away. 2017 is our year. Every great success comes right after an even greater risk. Put yourself out there… even if the chance of rejection is greater than the chance of victory. Success is waiting, but you must be brave enough to take the first step.

And because one of the best ways to get inspired is to read, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to buy the book(s) of your choice!

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Whether it’s fantastical worlds or creepy villains, Destiny Cole wants to tell the kind of stories that stay with you long after the last page is turned. Writing primarily YA thriller and mystery books, Destiny is repped by Kirsten Carleton at Prospect Agency. When detached from her computer, she can be found entertaining her three kids and trying to convince her Belgian husband that she’s the funniest person he’s ever met. She and her family currently reside in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

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Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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  1. My main goal for 2017 is to live a healthier life.

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  2. Thanks for quoting one of the best acknowledgments of all time. I copied that down when I read it a few months ago, but needed the reminder today. Thanks for the post <3

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  3. Great post! In 2017, I’m finishing my first draft.

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  4. 2017 IS our year! Thanks for the inspiring words!

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  5. All of these posts are so wonderful and inspiring. I haven’t missed one yet. I love the quote and accompanying image.

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  6. My main goal is to finish all my DIY projects. I am so busy with work, and my cat rescue shelter, that I just don’t have the time.

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  7. My goal is to finish two manuscripts outside of NaNoWriMo. I need to get in a habit of writing regularly, not just when I have a once a year contest to spur me on. (I still love NaNo though!)

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  8. My main goal for 2017 is to be better with money. Also, to do some work around the house that needs to be done!!!

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  9. I agree that our writer friends are a valuable asset. We need them because for one thing; they are the only people who get what writing is really about. With their help in 2017, I hope to work on my MG, publish a picture book and broaden my field of endeavor in writing. Thank you all in advance.

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  10. It is wonderful to be surrounded by such a great support team of writers! I’m glad you have that community. Merry Christmas!

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  11. What an inspirational quote! And I totally agree about finding great friends in the writing community. Even virtual friends can feel like they’ve been our pals for a lifetime and encourage us by giving us words of wisdom when we need it. After all, who is better tuned in on emotion than a writer? Am I right? And thanks for the opportunity to win the Amazon card!

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  12. The link to subscribe to the newsletter didn’t work for me. Is anyone else having a problem?

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  13. I like the idea of it taking a village to “raise a book.” That’s definitely how I feel about how my writing group has helped my novel develop.

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  14. My main goal in 2017 is to write my first picture book draft and submit to publishers.

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  15. Hi My Goal for 2017 is to find a different job

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  16. My goal is to drink more water. Book wise I want to keep writing, finishing, and revising books!

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  17. My main goal in 2017 is the same as it was last year. My fiancé and I are trying to have a baby. No luck so far though.

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  18. My goal is to get more active.

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  19. I would like to submit the novel I have been revising to a publisher. And sell a short story. And get a new job.

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  20. I want to step out of my comfort zone more.

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  21. The main goal I’m striving towards in 2017 is to learn a new language.

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  22. my goal is to be more positive in the new year

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  23. I want to finish writing a few books.

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  24. First of all, I LOVE YOU, DESTINY!!! And I love our little group. Great blog post, love. Now, my goal for 2017 is to write a special book 2, and to spend more time with my kids.<3

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  25. Wonderful post! Love the quotation! So proud and grateful to be a member of Pitch Wars ’14. My goal for 2017 is to complete my new YA fantasy and to gain more balance in my life. <3 Hold onto hope!!

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  26. My goal is to get back on track with my writing.

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  27. I am striving toward finding a new job. After 18 years of working somewhere I love, new management is just more than I can handle!

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