Wecome to the Dust It Off Bloghop!!


Huge thanks to Theresa for letting me join her on hosting this! It's been fun collaborating, and we're excited it's finally here!

Ready to pay homage to those early attempts at writing that we've since set aside?

Today's prompt:  Post a 1-2 sentence pitch as to what your shelved ms was about.

Mine was a YA paranormal romance called The Mind Writers, about a boy who sold his soul to a demon for the ability to control minds by touching people. But when the demon takes his soul prematurely, the heroine has to find a way to save his soul without losing hers in the process.

Even though this story never *went* anywhere, I still love it. I pitched it to agents at a conference once several years ago, and their jaws nearly detached when I told them it was 106,000 words, lol! I had a lot to learn back then!! (Okay, I still have a lot to learn, ha ha. I'm just further along now than I was then. But we'll get to that on Monday!)

So there it is!! Remember to get your favorite excerpt from the shelved ms ready to post on Saturday! 300-350 word limit.

Thanks to everyone participating today. I can't wait to see what your early projects were about! And thanks to peeps who aren't participating, too--feel free to bebop around the other blogs on the list!



16 comments

Kyra Lennon said...

There are some excellent shelved WIPs being shared today, yours is really great!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Sounds like a good idea. :) I'm looking forward to hearing your excerpt. Thanks for hosting this!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

I still think this book sounds cool, and has a great title. But 106k YIKES!

Tracey J said...

I love demon stories. I can't wait to read your excerpt.

E. Arroyo said...

Thanks for helping out with this. It's fun. And I too love demon stories.

Tara Tyler said...

ooo! sneaky demon! never make deals with those ilk!

Clare said...

Wow this sounds fantastic! If it were me, I'd try to edit it down to something more acceptable, and pitch/ query it again. I really love the sound of this story, and going from your pitch alone, I'd buy it.

Laura said...

This sounds awesome! And WOW at ever writing 106,000 that's amazing! Maybe one day you can go back to it :)

Juliana Haygert said...

I like this idea, very much!
Just be careful with how many times you repeat the word "soul" ... other than that, this sounds like a great story!

Morgan said...

Hahaha! I didn't know about the word count... that's funny, Cort! :D

Christine Rains said...

That is an awesome premise and a very well done pitch. That's huge for a YA book, but gives you a lot to work with when revising. Much better than too little!

Shiela Calderón Blankemeier said...

Thanks for hosting this, Courtney! I love your pitch - concise and exciting. Great stakes, too. I learned a similar lesson with my first one which clocked in at a whopping 167K. Ah, the naivete of a first novel :)

Theresa said...

Cortney!!! It's here! Finally! lol. Thanks so much for hosting this with me. You are beyond awesome! I love your title and your pitch- Something I would totally read!!!

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Sounds like a great idea! I would read it. ;D

Avery Marsh said...

I'm loving this bloghop. So many amazing entries, including yours. ;)

K.S. Lewis said...

Haha, I would totally read that! Sounds very suspenseful, and I love the title.

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