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Monday, October 15, 2012

Pitch Live! Issue 339

Title: Issue 339
Genre: YA 
Word count: 75,000


A popular comic book character lands a bullet in his author's chest.

The comic book industry drags teen superhero Skye through every plot twist imaginable. Skye's taken on alien invasions, his true love died as a zombie-plant-monster, and a crime ring princess can't decide whether to kiss or kill him. Every time tragedy strikes, Skye claws past the rubble, drags himself to his feet, and faces the next day with hope and courage.

Then the author writes Issue #339. Skye's best friend kills his parents--and then kills Skye. Through some ridiculous inter-dimensional physics, the weapon meant to disintegrate Skye lands him in his author's universe, where a kindly inner-city cop takes him in. Skye becomes best friends with the cop's son Jace, a quiet comic book aficionado, but Jace struggles against Skye's nightmares, mood swings, and extreme reactions to comics--it's rough trying to help a roommate with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Skye breaks. He can't handle watching his friends suffer anymore. He shoots his author.

While the cop investigates the author's mysterious murder, Jace must uncover his familiar-looking houseguest's real identity, and when the publishing company hires a new writer, Skye must decide whether one more murder will save his world, or damn his soul.

18 comments:

  1. Your video definitely had a high production value! Great job putting it together! #26

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  2. Hi Jen,

    What a cool concept—I'll definitely be a lot more careful the next time I kill a character off in one of my stories! I love that line "I shot my author". Haha. I also thought it was cool that you acted out the lines and voices of your MCs... I felt it helped show their personalities, while giving me the gist of your premise at the same time. Sounds like a ton of fun!

    John Krissilas, #40
    http://www.johnkrissilas.com/

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  3. That pitch was straight up out of a comic book! Great job capturing the tone of your novel. My only critique is that the words in your music made it hard for me to hear your words. But in all, it was awesome! Good luck! #41

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    1. You're exactly right--what really worked against me was how bad my mic was at picking up sound!
      Thanks a lot. = )

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    Wow. What a meta book! It sounds so neat! I've wondered how my characters would react if they ever came to life, and this pitch shows how much I DON'T want that to happen, lol.

    Great job with the alternating PoVs. This was super polished and really entertaining to watch.

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  6. Make sure you put up the title, genre, and word count that is a requirement for the contest before Erica and I come back around to choose our picks.

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    1. Oh dear! I forgot. I have it up both on the annotations in the video, and in the post below it now. Thanks! = )

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  7. What a unique concept! It sounds like a lot of fun. You did an amazing job putting it all together, too.

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  8. I appreciated the subtitles!! Cool concept for the story!

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  9. Great video pitch. I liked the beanie ;) Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! My future husband designed and knitted that hat for me. He looked at every single picture of R2-D2 from ALL the movies, found ALL the discrepancies and found the best average, and then mapped that out to design my hat! So cool, huh?

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    2. That is seriously cool! My hubby saw your pitch and he wants a hat like that too. I got your message on my blog but I couldn't find a way to email you via yours. If you use the contact me tab on my blog we'll talk about a beta reader swap. I love the sound of issue 339!

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  10. I'm so impressed by all the elements you pulled together for this!

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  11. This was like watching a movie. You are quite dramatic. I LOVE it. I need a genre and word count though, so please pretty please put that up here. BUT, this sounds like a very cool concept and story. So WELCOME to the Agent Round. Congrats!!

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    1. Thanks, Erica! I've got my Genre and Word Count up on the annotations at the end of the video, and in the post below it now.

      I'm so excited. The day after filming this I was SURE that I'd just made a huge fool of myself. Yay for that being okay!

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  12. Thanks for all the positive comments everyone!

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