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I'm an automation engineer who'd rather be writing. On the show, I bring on guests to talk engineering and writing, where they intersect, and where they absolutely do not!

Automation & Authorship Taylor Bailey

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I'm an automation engineer who'd rather be writing. On the show, I bring on guests to talk engineering and writing, where they intersect, and where they absolutely do not!

    #003 - Spot on Tatooine and other Robots in Cinema

    #003 - Spot on Tatooine and other Robots in Cinema

    This episode is a short read through of an article I wrote called Spot on Tatooine and other Robots in Cinema. The videos referenced are all linked in the article, and I highly recommend checking them out to get the full picture of what robots are doing in cinema!

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    • 5 min
    #002 - ANWA Writers Conference with Kimball Earl and Kayla MacNeille

    #002 - ANWA Writers Conference with Kimball Earl and Kayla MacNeille

    In this episode of A&A, we're joined by Kimball Earl and Kayla MacNeille mere hours after they finished attending the 2022 ANWA Writers Conference. We discuss some of the things they learned and what it was like pitching in person. You can support Kayla, Kimball, or myself here:

    Kayla MacNeille on Instagram

    Kimball Earl on YouTube

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    Taylor Bailey on Twitter

    Taylor Bailey (video production) on Instagram

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #001 - #PitMad with Kayla MacNeille

    #001 - #PitMad with Kayla MacNeille

    On this first ever episode of Automation & Authorship, we’ve got guest author Kayla MacNeille on to discuss #PitMad (a quarterly pitching event on Twitter put on by @PitchWars) and the general writing community on Twitter. Here are a few show notes:

    About Kayla


    Kayla has been a writer for over a decade
    She recently finished her first serious book and now she’s entering the querying world

    #PitMad


    Quarterly querying event on Twitter
    Writers have 280 characters to pitch their unpublished works (3 tweets max)
    Other writers retweet pitches they like
    Agents like tweets they find interesting
    Writers with agent likes query those agents who will often request first 10 pages, first chapter, etc

    Kayla’s experience with #PitMad


    She recommends not promising to blindly retweet pitches, but rather promise to check them out and retweet IF you like them
    Kayla got a couple likes early on from random profiles
    At 8:30am, she got a like from an agent, which drove the mood for the rest of the day
    She started filling out the form but waited a bit to hit send, because it was harder than she thought it’d be
    She sent it later that night, followed by the first 10 pages of her manuscript as requested by the agent
    Two weeks later, she received a rejection letter
    No regrets, the agent like gave such a boost of energy and motivation that didn’t die just from getting the rejection
    Getting to the step of querying is a big milestone in itself and rejection letters are milestones too
    A rejection just means your work doesn’t match the very particular criteria the agent has, not that your work isn’t good
    #PitMad gave Kayla a deadline to stop her from forever nitpicking her work. It was an exercise in committing to her work.

    About Kayla’s book


    A fantasy book about five girls that are entering a stage of life that they are told is very complicated and hard (medical school). Then they find out they have magical powers. As the main character is going through what she thinks is a normal hard life, she realized there’s actually magic and that’ll give her something to focus on.
    Her #PitMad pitch: STRANGE CASE...ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER+CHARMED. Avery escaped crippling pain & a boarding school full of spies, and is hopeful for her new, rural PA home. But a murderer is enticed by magic Avery never knew she had, and he will steal it if she doesn’t master it quickly. #PitMad #F #A
    Pitching is incredibly difficult and takes time to craft, just like the work itself

    Kayla’s experience with the writing community


    Very welcoming
    Ready to share ideas and build you up
    Swapped synopses with other writers
    Still have a few people she talks to that are excited about each other’s careers
    Find where you fit and where your people are

    Follow Kayla on Instagram

    Follow Kayla on Twitter

    • 24 min

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