I’m still editng. Thought I’d just jump right in and let you all know. I’m still editing. I feel like that’s my life lately. It’s alright, it’s necessary. And it can be fun. Sometimes. And it’s only going to continue in the next few months, if I make it into Pitch Wars.
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention? It’s almost Pitch Wars time!!
The mentor blog hop went live last week. I may or may not have attacked it as soon as the wishlists went live. (Alright I did.) It’s a great opportunity to get to know exactly what the mentors are looking for, and who is a good match for you.
More on that in a few minutes though. Before we get to that I want to talk about something that’s very important. The book I am currently reading.
Daughter of the Burning City was released today. And yes, I did go to Barnes and Noble and buy it as soon as I could. And yes, I will be starting it in less than an hour. And YES, I am VERY excited.
And, unrelated, look how pretty it is!
Now, onto Pitch Wars.
If you don’t know, Pitch Wars is a (free) contest where you can submit a finished Middle Grade (MG), Young Adult (YA), New Adult (NA), or Adult (A) manuscript to four mentors of your choosing. These mentors will then go through all of their submissions and choose one person to help with their manuscript for two months. At the end of the two month period, the shiny manuscript goes up for the agent round. Participating agents will then peruse the manuscripts posted, and decide whether or not to request.
The submission window for Pitch Wars opens next Wednesday, August 2nd, at midnight EST. It runs through Sunday August 6th at 10 PM EST. Then the mentors (you can find a list lower in this post) have until August 23rd to pick one person who submitted to them to mentor. I’ve heard there’s an occasional war over potential mentees, but you’ll have to ask the mentors about that one.
(Psssssst there’s an entire askmentors hashtag going over on twitter! They’re really helpful! If you have questions, I’d recommend asking.)
That’s the really basic explanation. I’m bad at making really awesome things sound interesting sometimes. This is one of those times, because this is a really awesome competition. I made a few friends from it last year, but I’ve already made some new ones this year as well. This is an invaluable experience for a writer. There’s so much support and love going around right now. It makes me smile seeing everyone hopeful and banding together. There have been numerous times people have offered me advice, or given me a critique on the Pitch Wars forum, or offered to swap pages with me. And this is true for everyone. It’s a great place to help grow as a writer.
Since I’m terrible at explaining things today (but apparently super gushy), I’ll link you to everything you need to know.
Here is the contest information.
Here is the mentor blog hop.
Here is the mentor lists broken down by category, thanks to my lovely CP Katy (she’s the best you guys, I swear.)
Here is the forum link (also found above).
Here is a link to donate and get extra mentors (or just donate to be a cool person).
Here is query help.
Here is synopsis help.
And here is the link to Brenda Drake’s twitter. Because she’s amazing for organizing this (with some help)(my suggestion is follow everyone because they’re all super nice and helpful).
Phew. That’s a LOT of links. But they’re all more helpful than I am, so I think you’ll be grateful that I linked everything instead of trying to (badly) explain it all myself.
This year I’ll be entering my New Adult contemporary manuscript. It has romance, a lot of (very subtle)(most of the time) How I Met Your Mother references, and was inspired by one of my favorite bands (they were very excited when I told them). This has been my baby for a year and a half now, and I’ve gotten great responses from my critique partners. I’m so nervous and so excited to send it out my chosen mentors next week.
If you have a finished manuscript (seriously, it has to be finished. And polished. Don’t send in a half-finished one!) I’d totally recommend entering Pitch Wars. (Unless you’re writing NA, in which case *hisses* stay away from my potential mentors.)
(I’m kidding. Like 98% kidding, I swear.)
It really is a lot of fun, even when you’re crazy nervous about who’s getting chosen. This kind of experience is invaluable, and you won’t regret it if you do enter.
Must go back to editing now. I have two chapters to finish before I can start Amanda’s book. And I should probably study for the GRE at some point. I don’t want to think about that though. That’s adult stuff.
Alright, wish me luck! And if you decide to enter Pitch Wars come say hi to me on twitter! We can freak out together during the submission period.