*POOF* Where'd March Go?

First of all, Erica and Christy would like to wish you and yours a happy and blessed Easter. For those who do not share our beliefs, please know we post this wish with the best of sentiments.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.
Secondly, what happened to March? Maybe it's because it's still cold and there's snow on the ground throughout Wisconsin (and the midwest, I believe), but it sure doesn't seem like spring break is over! Yet, there it is - a school night tonight. *sigh*
We participated in the ever-popular A-Z challenge a couple of years ago and after that took a blog hiatus during April because it's just, well, hard to keep up sometimes. This April we'd like to share some book-related quotes to you. We aren't commiting to the challenge because, well *see above* but we did compile some and will post from time to time.
Heck, maybe if we don't make the commitment, we'll end up posting every day. Yeah, that's how it sometimes works with us!
So, in the meantime, we're now on a *pauses to shed a quick tear* partial rewrite of our book The Text Message based on some reader (and co-author) feedback and are still working on our own projects.
It's spring. Out with this:
snow, snow, go away
And bring on this (we're ready):
We hope to see you around soon!


WOC pitch fest details and links

Click HERE to go directly to the pitch forums where agents are posting their critiques (and some requests).  You can learn a lot about what works and doesn't work in a query. 

DON'T POST IN THE COMMENTS.  Just read and learn.

If you want to vote (which I think is done via email, also not in the comments) then you need to read THIS and then you need to register HERE.

If you want to read our pitch for THE TEXT MESSAGE, our completed YA novel you can go HERE.  (Again, don't comment on the WOC forums.  If you want to vote, you have to go through the correct channels.  See above.)

(So far, my favorite pitch is for TAYLOR-MADE, a YA novel under Kathleen Rushall's list. I haven't read even close to all the pitches, but this one made me feel like I was reading the back of a book and wanted to be holding it so I could dive inside!-Christy)

Enjoy!  The forums and comments and voting will be going on all week until Friday.

Keep your fingers crossed for us. 



We're in!

The folks at Writeoncon decided to host a mid-winter pitch fest.  ericaandchristy submitted their finished pitch for their co-written novel--AND GOT IN! 

What does that mean? 

Well, it means we're one of 300 or so lucky pitchers who got selected for the pitch fest this upcoming Monday through Wednesday. 

Further, it means that our pitch (which will be posted anonymously) will be read by agents, book bloggers and YOU!  It will collect votes (we hope) and comments and critiques to help us out now that we're ready to QUERY the thing!  Woot! 

So, once we know the number our query has been assigned, we'll let you know so you can check it out and let us know what YOU think! If you like it, we hope you'll honor it with a vote. 

For even more info, please click on the button above and read it directly from the WOC website.

We'll keep you posted here, via twitter and Facebook where the pitch fest is at and how we're doing in it.



erica and christy are. . .Back From the Future

(See the linky below to visit other participants' blogs.)

You're up before dawn on a Saturday when the doorbell rings. You haven't brewed your coffee so you wonder if you imagined the sound. Plonking the half-filled carafe in the sink, you go to the front door and cautiously swing it open. No one there. As you cast your eyes to the ground, you see a parcel addressed to you ... from you.

You scoop it up and haul it inside, sensing something legitimate despite the extreme oddness of the situation. Carefully, you pry it open. Inside is a shoebox -- sent from ten years in the future -- and it's filled with items you have sent yourself.

What's in it?


1. A bill from Harvard University for $250,000 - the cost of my older son's tuition

2. A bill from the jewelry store for the cost of 11 pairs of diamond earrings - one for each of my younger son's girlfriends

3 A torn-off cover of a book listing me as the author. On the back is a note in my handwriting that says "No cheating. Now go write it."

4. Pictures of my family and we're all happy, healthy, and having fun

5. Plane tickets and gift certificates for a 14-day vacation to Australia and New Zealand and a note saying "Bring your laptop. Trust me."


1. A copy of my future best-selling trilogy with a note:
"Read these.  You wrote them.  So don't feel bad doing what I'm about to tell you to do.  Type them up, send the attached query to agents.  Get published now.  Save yourself the dozen manuscripts that you'll just plop on a shelf.  Really, do you need more junk to dust?  Besides, you need the money.  Buy the camper you want now.  Enjoy the camping years while the kids are still young." 

2.  A bottle of really great aged wine.

3.  A copy of my diploma letting me know I will finally finish my final two credits and get my master's degree.  Oh, and the thesis I no longer need to write to get it.  (Phew.  Love that saved time and brain power!  Thanks, future me!)

4.  A picture of my future abs.  Cool, I really will lose that baby weight!  It just takes more than a year...or, wait, did I finally give up and get plastic surgery?  It's hard to tell.  Great pic!

5.  A key.