#QuerySwap is a new Twitter event
Coming January 1, 2017

Many editors and agents close for the holidays giving writers the perfect chance to get their submission materials in order.


To help you polish your query, I’m hosting #QuerySwap from 8am-8pm EST on January 1, 2017.

We all know shouting a request into cyberspace usually yields lackluster results. That’s why I’m organizing a query swap Twitter party, an all-day event where people seeking CP’s to help with their queries can find other like-minded people.


OMG a new contest?

No, it’s not a contest. Just an opportunity for writers to help each other.

Who are the mentors? Can I read their bio’s?

No mentors. The party is for writers in the querying process who are willing to exchange feedback on queries.

What about agents? Will agents be following?

This isn’t a contest. There won’t be agents or mentors. This is a chance for writers to connect and help each other.

How do I win?


All you need to do to participate is:

  1. Tweet a brief pitch about your MS with the tag #QuerySwap include genre and age category hashtags. (They might look familiar; they are the same as #Pitmad) No need to tweet multiple times since you can search the feed and look for a match too.
  2. Watch the feed and find someone with an MS in a similar genre, category, and tone
  3. Ask him/her to swap
  4. Exchange queries
  5. Give constructive feedback to your new CP


Can I just recycle my #pitmad pitch?

Maybe, but it might need tweaking. In this swap, genre, category, and overall MS tone will be more important than plot in finding a good match. Someone with a snarky sensibility might be less suited to selling your Anne of Green Gables retelling, so make sure you look for a person who writes in a similar style.

example pitch:

#LGBT historic retelling of Frog Prince set in Polynesia also dragons #YA #F #R #QuerySwap


Dark portal fantasy with family drama and talking cats #MG #F #DIS #QuerySwap


Obviously, these won’t work for #pitmad, but they convey the necessary information for this event.

Hashtags … (These are the same as #pitmad)

Age Categories:

#PB = Picture Book
#C = Children’s
#CB = Chapter Book
#CL = Children’s Lit
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult


#AA = African American
#AD = Adventure
#CF = Christian Fiction
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#DIS = Disabilities
#DV = Diversity
#E = Erotica
#ER = Erotic Romance
#ES = Erotica Suspense
#F = Fantasy
#H = Horror
#HA = Humor
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#INSP = Inspirational
#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#R = Romance
#P = Paranormal
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#S = Suspense
#SF = SciFi
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#W = Westerns
#WF = Woman’s Fiction


Some tips:

  1. Don’t flood the feed with pitches for the same book. Pitching multiple books is ok
  2. Pitch only books are you are querying
  3. Don’t just wait for someone to ask you first. Be proactive.
  4. Use the hashtags to simplify your search.
  5. Be polite.
  6. Remember this is a swap. Both parties must give feedback


Want to help #QuerySwap succeed? Please share via social media, or reblog this post!

Thank you!

By stormowl7

Picking up

Well, things are finally picking up in my life, and not just for writing!

I won’t make this a long post, but I recently got picked as an entry in #pitchMAS and it seemed to have given me that boost that disappeared on me back at the end of August (oh lord, has it been that long?!). I even got a new story idea, and I plan to write my first ever Adult Thriller (no paranormal or fantasy?! who am I?!)

Sometimes, you just need a little pick me up, it seems!

By stormowl7

My Much Needed Writing Break #writerslife

On August 24th, I went through what, I imagine, many writers go through: a complete writer meltdown.

It had been brewing for some time, but after finding out the results of a contest I had entered, it became that final drop in a pressure valve waiting to explode…and it did. Writing became a waste of time, and something I had been doing for nothing…nothing to show for it after 23 manuscripts. Books became constant questions of “Why is this published, but not my stories?”, and good news from writers who announced they were finally being represented or had their first book published became news that made me physically sick with the endless question “Why not me?”. It went to the point of crying many nights and avoiding my computer because it only reminded me of my failure not to be published. It became nothing but negativity.

At that point, I knew it was time to stop – forever? At the time, I seriously considered it, but what I did know for sure was that I needed a definite break, or I’d never be able to go back to writing.

Now, a month has passed, and this is the longest I’ve ever gone without writing anything. I’ve done long gaps of non-writing, but it was always because of some external issue like lack of time, writers’ block, etc. This time, I just didn’t want to. It’s September 27th now, and I still haven’t written a single word, nor have a read a book since. How do I feel about this? I’m not sure, to be honest. Maybe I still need some time, but for now, I’m getting back to querying and participating in contests with the manuscripts I do have. I’m hoping (though, not depending on it) that this might be what I need to “get back in there“, re-network, inspire myself again, just…get back to it. Writing had always been a big part of my life, and yet, when I stopped, it didn’t feel like anything went missing because writing had already become, by then, a hollow place of disappointment.

I’m hoping this will get me back to writing – I plan on entering Nightmare on Query Street, and participating to #PitDark – time to turn writing into a positive aspect in my life again!

Good luck to everyone writing, and participating in contests – may the odds be ever in your favor.

By stormowl7

COVER REVEAL: The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé by @Saboviec

Welcome to the cover reveal for S. L. Saboviec’s The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé, an urban fantasy stand-alone novel set in the world of her Fallen Redemption books. But that’s not all—after you check out the cover, we’ve included details on how to enter an Epic Giveaway of a $1,200 Amazon gift card!

tIPoSWR cover is by Clarissa of Yocla Designs, and you’re going to love it.


Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé, busy executive and less-than-stellar mother and wife, has a problem that only an exorcist can solve. Except she’s not precisely a devout Catholic parishioner any longer, and to gain assistance from the Church means telling a whopping lie of omission.

Fortunately, she discovers Father Angelo Ambrosio, whose commitment to helping the afflicted means he’s willing to overlook the things Scarlet prefers to keep hidden. Unfortunately, his sordid past keeps him under a microscope with the bishop, who’s not so liberal in his views.

But the demon harassing Scarlet is relentless. It makes its motives clear: in a previous life, she struck a bargain, promising it her body on her fiftieth birthday. Now, she and Angelo must unravel the mystery surrounding her forgotten past in order to stop the possession by next week or risk losing her to the depths of Hell forever.

This stand-alone novel set in the Fallen Redemption universe extends the series to modern day. Enter a world where humans reincarnate, demons interfere in daily life, and the currents of fate carry us all to our destinies.



Add it on Goodreads here.

Get notified when it’s available for preorder in September by subscribing to S. L. Saboviec’s newsletter here!



About the Author


Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

Her short fiction has appeared in AE and Grievous Angel, and her debut novel received an honorable mention in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.


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Enter to win a $1,200 Amazon gift card here!

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Thanks for stopping by!

By stormowl7

#PitchWars Statistics

I’ve been seeing a lot of comments on Twitter that the only category and genre that mentors are asking for is basically YA Contemporary. So, the statistician in me got curious, and I decided to go read every single blog, and compile everything they were asking for. Please keep in mind, not all mentors were specific, and the ones with 0% aren’t necessarily zero, but the percentage was so low, that’s what the chart put.


I was honestly surprised at the results – seems like the wishlists for genres are pretty diverse in each category. Of course, some genres tend to come up more often, while others are practically non-existant, but if you know the industry, then you also already know what the market is demanding. *sobs as I write adult paranormal and dark fantasy*


To better see and zoom in, please click on the charts which will take you to a larger version on my Photobucket account


I’ll repeat this again, but please keep in mind that with the pie charts, those are percentages, so just because you see 0%, doesn’t mean there aren’t any requests for that genre!


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By stormowl7

#PimpMyBio #PitchWars – Adult Dark Fantasy Romance


#PimpMyBio for #PitchWars

Ah yes, the time of year when I embark into writing contests…oh wait, I do that pretty much all year round whenever there are contests! Well, this time, this is for Pitch Wars – a fierce competition that, even if you don’t get picked, you’re guaranteed to find new writer friends, critic partners, and/or beta readers. So really, in the end, you win either way!
My name is Magali (most people call me Mags, so feel free!), and I write the darker side of stories. Paranormal, and Dark Fantasy, but there’s always romance – I’m an extremist, and love both dark and cute things, so that’s probably why. 😉 So basically, I’ll rip your heart out along the way, but I’ll make sure you don’t throw the book against a wall when you finish it! All my stories are either set in Canada, or in alternate worlds (makes sense since I am Canadian, right? I should add our Prime Minister to one of my stories… seriously, have you seen Justin Trudeau?!)
Justin Trudeau

*tries not to swoon*

Okay, back to the bio! I’m passionate about writing, reading, photo manipulation artwork, animals, anime/manga, video games, the fandom world of TV shows and movies, and stuff like that. I’m a proud Ravenclaw: I’ve always been sorted into this house, but the recent Pottermore sorting placed me in Gryffindor – I don’t care since the Sorting Hat couldn’t consider my choice, so I identify with Ravenclaw, and Ravenclaw is where I’ll remain!




My stories often speak about poverty, abuse, trauma, but also love, friendships, and always has sex. My main characters are always female and are often on the curvy side or overweight. Each of them bring their own strengths into their story, and will kick ass if need be (or try tricking a demon to get out of a deal – not the smartest move, but you gotta give her credit for trying, right?).



More About What I write

I’ve written so many manuscripts, I’ve stopped counting. However, so far, only three I’d try publishing. On my list, I’ve got a Paranormal Mystery Romance, and two Dark Fantasy Romance manuscripts. I’ll be entering FROZEN HEARTS to PitchWars this year: dark fantasy romance of 105,000 words with series potential (currently writing the sequel!).

FROZEN HEARTS: Rozalie, a young single mother destitute with her toddler is pushed through a portal into another world—just as hers starts to crumble. Too bad the new world is full of yokai―demons with animal traits. Now, stuck in a world plagued with war, she accepts a dark yokai prince’s offer: decipher lost spells, and he’ll protect them. When he sacrifices his soul to save her, and her son from a sadistic king, she’ll have to find a spell to save him, but her love may be the key.




My goal is not to publish once, and then that’s the end. I want writing to be my career – I’m prepared to work hard for it. Having tried finding an agent and getting published has already been a long road, but I’m prepared to wait as long as I have to! Besides, in the meantime, it’s not like I can stop writing, so I’ll keep developing, working hard, and of course, trying.

I prefer someone who won’t sugar coat, but I also appreciate explanations as to why something doesn’t work. My favorite thing is when beta readers/CPs leave comments along the way on their reactions to something in the story – those are always such joys to see because I feel like I’m peeking into the minds of other future readers!

Certain aspects of my writing that could definitely use help would be filter words, word repetitions, letting me know when something is perhaps ‘too dark’ (this doesn’t exist in my mind, so feel free to share opinions on what might traumatize readers – the last thing I want is to write a book so dark that people drop it halfway through!), and pretty much anything else you’d like to suggest. I’ve been told many times that I take criticism well and that I draw from those critics and easily rewrite new scenes.



Me as a mentee

My manuscript has gone through two amazing CPs, and was picked in the #FicFest contest as an alternative where it was professionally edited. At this point, I’m opened to any and all suggestions to take it where it needs to go. I mentioned I’m always up to work hard on edits – don’t believe me?

For my paranormal mystery romance, I edited that manuscript 71 times (that’s not a typo – it’s seventy-one!), 5 revisions, and 2 rewrites since August 2014. The last edit was finished July 10th, 2016. I’m very serious about getting published.

Some favorite novels:

Some favorite mangas:


*Side note: As you can probably tell (if you know these novels/mangas), they all have cuteness and/or darkness in their storylines…Mine always have both 😉


Favorite shows:

Game of Thrones
Doctor Who
IT Crowd
*Must add I’m a huge Marvel fan


Final Little Note About Moi

Full-time single mom to a ten-year-old, work as a telephone interviewer for the government of Canada, addicted to sugar (though, favorite food is pizza!), and always working hard to make my dream of being a full-time author a reality.
By stormowl7

Rock The Vault: Celebrating The Urban And Rural Setting Thesaurus Duo @AngelaAckerman & @beccapuglisi

The Setting Thesaurus DuoAs we write, we can become consumed by the plot, by the story events that sizzle with conflict, tension, and intrigue. But what often holds readers in thrall are our characters and how they grow and change.

Who they evolve into, what fears they push past, how they take on pain to reach fulfillment regardless of the challenges—all of these steps in the character’s journey, combined with the plot, can create a fascinating trek through the pages of a novel.

And yet there’s another element that’s needed to meld the story and character arc together: the setting.

Choosing the right one for each scene is critical to give deeper meaning to the character’s inner and outer journeys. The right setting can symbolize our protagonists’ goals, remind them of their past, steer their choices through emotional triggers, and lend them the strength to soldier on, no matter what opposition stands in their way. But what if “the right setting choice” is one we haven’t experienced ourselves first hand? How do we describe it?

Well, there’s some good news on that front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds that a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers.

In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry, HOUSE PARTY, a location from the Rural Setting Thesaurus volume.


And there’s one more thing you might want to know more about….

Rock_The_Vault_WHW1Becca and Angela, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, are celebrating their double release with a fun event going on from June 13-20th called ROCK THE VAULT. At the heart of Writers Helping Writers is a tremendous vault, and these two ladies have been hoarding prizes of epic writerly proportions.

A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking…if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.

Ready to do your part? Stop by Writers Helping Writers to find out more!

By stormowl7

The End of an era…again. #HarryPotter

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I grew up with Harry Potter, as many did. I started reading the first book when I was eleven years old and watched the final movie when I was twenty-one. Ten years of always looking forward to books or movies, until, in 2011, it was all over.

So why am I sharing old news? Well, when my son turned five and started kindergarten, I decided to keep that tradition going (although, he was much younger than when I started), and we read the first Harry Potter book together. We’d read the book, then watch the movie, and so on.

This took time.

Between university (which I started that same year), sore throats, too tired to read/listen, some months went by without even opening a book. When my son turned eight, he also started reading his own books, so sometimes, they also took priority over our beloved Harry Potter. Homework, essays – on both our ends, we were just too busy at times.

But on May 21st, 2016, when my son is now ten years old, we finished reading the final book and watched that final Part 2 movie (had watched the Part 1 around the same point in the book). The end of an era for me, yet again. Bittersweet as we started this five years ago.

I also found it hard to read, at times, since if you cry while you read inside your head, it’s possible to go on (though blurry), but when you read out loud, it’s a lot of work to read through the sobbing (I direct your memory to everything in the final book). Then watching the movie right after had me in more tears – it always had, but with Alan Rickman’s death, it seemed so much more difficult to watch.

All in all, it was a fantastic piece of history in our lives, and I look forward to the day he picks them up again to read on his own.


By stormowl7

Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden by @drwendyv






I don’t usually read MG/YA, or even Scifi for that matter, but I found this story to be quite fun! Here’s the thing: I LOVE dinosaurs. I mean, these aren’t actual Earth dinos, but those are details, and I loved them anyway.

Alright, so onto the story itself! I enjoyed the main character’s (Caleb) growth throughout the story. It’s done so naturally and with such great flow that by the end, I could look back on how Caleb was at the beginning, and realize just how much he’s matured. Not only physically, but emotionally as well.

I got attached to a lot of characters, which was a mistake. These dinos are hungry, and humans are easy prey (a moment of silence for all those poor characters who died horribly). Yet, none of the scenes were described in gory details – instead, it was left up to the readers’ imaginations, which for some of us, is so much worse.

The pacing of the story is great – I always felt on edge while reading, wondering what would pop up next, and who would survive. The author does a fantastic job at keeping this pace throughout the whole story, and I found myself holding my breath along with the characters whenever a T-Rex appeared (my favorite dinos!). All five senses are used so well that it’s easy to picture yourself there with the group, trying desperately to get back to their base to survive. Not only that but the survival of their entire base, of the human race, hangs on them making it back. That burden really upped the stakes, and you can’t help but hope they make it, even if it seems hopeless at times.

The whole world is developed in such a real way that every time Caleb heard a crunch, I always wondered what it was this time. From the fauna to the temperature, traveling by night versus by day, and even the different terrains they crossed were very well described without it ever being too much description.

All in all, a great adventure story that kept me turning the pages while holding my breath a few times!

I received a copy of Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden from Future House Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.



  • Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden will be available for $0.99 May 17 – 25 (discounted from our retail price of $4.99)
  • On May 19th, readers can enter to win an autographed copy of Horizon Alpha on launch day on Future House Publishing’s blog
  • Future House Publishing will be giving away some physical copies on Goodreads giveaway starting on May 21st: Click Here to Enter!



D.W. Vogel



By stormowl7