On the Verge of Giving Up

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ~Harriet Stowe

I think I stated in my last blog post that once I got all the rejections from the queries I had out, that I was going to put The Doc Is In to rest and move on to other projects. Well, back sometime end of last year, I believe, I came across a thing call PitMad on twitter and through that found out about a contest called Pitch Madness run by Brenda Drake where you send in a 35 word pitch and the first 250 words of your completed manuscript. Then, some slush zombies would read all those turned in and pick a certain amount to move on to round two, where the team leaders (a selection of writers) would pick 60 people (15 each team, 4 teams) to move on to the agent round. In the agent round, selected agents will be basically bidding on the 60 pitches.

So I decided that I was going to give it one last shot and enter into this contest. Maybe it would be my time, maybe it wouldn’t and I’d put The Doc Is In to rest.

Well, during the submission window (which was like, 6 hours long, eastern time) my lovely boyfriend send my email in before heading off to work, because I didn’t want to wake up at 6 in the morning to send it in.

A few days later, I got an email saying I made it into round two! I was so ecstatic! I mean, can you believe? I was about to put this story to bed and here I was making it into round 2!

Well, there was still another round to get into before the agents saw my story. Another round that only 60 people made it in to. 60. People. Those are some tiny odds for my story. But I watched the twitter food for #PitchMadness with bated breath. I saw mention of someone checking out a YA Crime (which is mine). 

I waited. And I waited. I went nuts with the waiting. Guess that’s why it’s called Pitch Madness(Ha!). 

Then, the team leaders announced the genres of the 15 stories they had each picked. Just the genre. One of them announced YA Crime being one of them.

Well, okay, I’m prolly not the only person out there who writes YA Crime. It COULD be someone else. It might not be me.

So I went MORE crazy!

Then today… TODAY! At midnight eastern time (so 9pm my time) they all posted their picks, by title.





OMG! The Doc Is In is on that list! I made it into the agent round! Agents will be basically bidding on my story!

Again I say: Here I was, about to give up.

The quote at the top of the post was tweeted by Brenda Drake and it really sparked me to write this post.

Never give up. I was so close to giving up on this story, and then this. And then I made it this far in the contest.

I. Am. So. Stoked!

My team leader’s name is Summer Heacock and right now, I really feel like she and her co-captain, Dee Romito, really believe in my story.

I’m on top of the world and damn does it feel good!

The main part of the contest is from the 26-28, so I won’t know what/if/who I won until then. So keep those fingers crossed for me!


PS, go stare at my title on the list!