Writer Validation: FicFest Mentee

There are a few social-media implemented competitions out there which can really help a writer gain some exposure and some help from a great writing community. Like, most people know what #PitMad and #PitchMadness are. Well, I discovered a new one the other day called FicFest. So, being the ever-eager-to-do-everything author-to-be I am, I submitted. It’s a lot like PitchMadness with the selection process and mentors/editors live-tweeting their thoughts about submissions, only the mentors/editors have two months to help perfect your manuscript before the agent round.

I kid you not, I got chosen.

*cue shock*

My mentor told me that she couldn’t stop thinking about my world and story, and she knew she wanted to mentor me pretty much right off the bat. Every time I read it I feel like giggling inanely and pointing to myself like “Me? Really? Are you sure you don’t have me mixed up with someone else?”

She’s currently reading through my whole manuscript, because the first thing we have to tackle is my LARGE word count. She wants to see if we can find areas to cut. So after all of that excitement for being chosen, I’m anxiously sitting on my hands and mostly feeling like I don’t know what to do with myself.

To make things even more unreal, another VERY exciting event happened immediately afterward — but in the interest of being a smart and wise writer on social media, I can’t go into it right now. Let’s just say, my mother is convinced that my great aunt who recently died is working some supernatural writing love magic.

I can’t even sit still when I’m at home. My brain is preemptively trying to feverishly work through everything, and mostly I’m cleaning a lot because it’s hard to keep still. I’m so very excited! Hopefully the hard work will be arriving here shortly and I can dive into this thing!

About R. K. Brainerd

I've been writing since my pre-teens, mostly in the realm of fantasy and sci-fi. Taking interesting concepts and dropping complex characters into fantastical worlds is my jam. I also raise dairy goats and herd cats, the evidence of which can be found on my Instagram. Welcome to the adventure. View all posts by R. K. Brainerd

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