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My first writer’s conference… or how I walked into my first agent pitch with a tear in the back of my dress.

By Mayra Cuevas

My first writer’s conference… or how I walked into my first agent pitch with a tear in the back of my dress

My story begins about a month before the Georgia Romance Writer’s Moonlight and Magnolias Conference.

As part of the event you had the choice to meet with editors and agents to pitch your story. I was skeptical at first, because I didn’t have a finished manuscript but a friend told me some writers send in their manuscripts six months or even a year after they pitched it, so I decided to go for it.

I googled every name on the list until I had read everything there was ever published about them online. Finally I picked two fabulous lady agents who were looking for YA books. Read more

The First Draft Hangover

By Mayra Cuevas

For months I’ve dreamed of how I would I feel the day I finished the first draft of my first novel, a YA fantasy. I indulged myself in the thrill, the excitement and the relief of it all… all of which lasted one day and was quickly replaced by the first draft hangover.

My first draft took me 54 days of almost daily writing, preceded by six months of research and outlining. The final product was 51,000 words, a big stack of papers sitting on my desk and a story. I was very proud. My Facebook post was brimming with gratitude and optimism. I was reveling in my own private bacchanalia of writer’s ecstasy. Read more