Monday, July 29, 2013

Like a Virgin Pitch Contest - Finalist!

Many thanks to everyone involved in this contest. The organizers were more professional than most professionals and the input I received on my pitch was invaluable. I made the final round with DOLLHOUSE PIXIES, even got a couple cherry awards and requests for revised pitches. I'm in the laboratory again now, tinkering and tweaking, and generally trying to make the quality and content of my pitch match the quality and content of my work. Easier said than done! Like a Virgin Contest Page

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Like a Virgin Pitch Contest

Decided to do some serious edits and rewrites lately on my YA urban fantasy, Dollhouse Pixies. And what better way to celebrate that work than entering it into a pitch contest? Yay!  Here's the link:  We're doing a blog hop as part of that contest so here goes my answers to the "getting to know you" questions!

  • How do you remember your first kiss?

I barely remember the kiss itself, but I remember wallowing in the pure bliss of thinking about it for days and days and days and days afterwards. It was like being hit with an anvil and seeing little birdies flying around for a week. 

  • What was your first favorite love song?

Probably "I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis. I've been singing along with that song in the car from my earliest memories of car singing in my childhood until an hour ago. 

  • What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?

Perch on my chair contrary to the way most people sit in chairs. And wait for the beast to boot itself up. I try to keep my works in progress open at all times to inspire work over internet shenanigans. 

  • Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?

R.L. Stine - I was always impressed that he wrote faster than I read. I remember pretending to talk on the phone with one of my friends as a kid, but not paying attention in favor of my current Goosebumps book. Addictive reading,  yes please! 

  • Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?

I'm not even sure it takes place on the same planet anymore. This is actually something I'm right in the middle of re-writing: different genre, different main character age, different plot, but same characters. Wish me luck. 

  • For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?

Setting. I wrote it while living in Hawaii, and that's the essence of the book. 

  • What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?

Pirates! Well, not all my books are about pirates. How about "honest"?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

#PitchMAS Blog Contest

Got some feedback on my pitches. I've seen about equal parts love and hate of my title regarding "Buttpirates". So, until further notice, I'm changing the title to FLUSHED. This will be a more parent-approved title, with the terminology staying the same inside the ms (for now). Thanks everyone who gave me feedback! Below is how my entry turned out:

Category/Genre: MG Adventure
Word Count: 40,000
Pitch: Ten-year-old Lucas thinks his dad’s full of poop when he warns of bathroom abductions by pirates. Turns out he’s right, and Lucas gets flushed down the toilet to become a sewer-sailing swashbuckler.

On a whim, I submitted an entry for my other WIP, Dollhouse Pixies. This is my YA that I've been pulling all nighters to edit these last few days. The entry turned out like this:

Category/Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 90,000
Pitch: Sixteen-year-old Natalie is annoyed at the pixie living in her dollhouse. Her depressed dad and college courses leave no time for magical war. Being nearly blown up changes things—she might miss class for this. 

Friday, July 5, 2013


PitchMAS !

What a really cool idea, I just stumbled across this blog today, right on the day of a pitch workshop! The idea is to pitch a book in 35 words or 140 characters (Twitter, this is your fault) and work on the pitches with each other. The fifty best ones will be paraded in front of some literary agents and editors! Here's what I came up with, at the start of the workshop. Hope I'll get some good feedback and I'll post the newer version later!

Jen Nikitin

35 word blog pitch:
Ten-year-old Lucas thinks his dad’s full of poop when he warns of bathroom abductions by pirates. Turns out he’s right, and Lucas gets flushed down the toilet to become a sewer-sailing Buttpirate.

Twitter pitch:
Ten-year-old Lucas ignores his plumber dad’s threats and gets flushed down the toilet to become a sewer-sailing pirate. #MGlit #PitchMAS