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*disassembles capslock key*

There we go. Much better.

Contents of this blog post:

The Stats of Pitch Wars

Pitch Wars is a contest. You submit your query+chapter 1, and you could get chosen to do a 2-month mentorship with a published author. This year (2015), it had nearly 1600 applicants, and around 100 mentors. Due to a couple lovely surprises, 125 of the applicants were accepted as mentees instead of the predicted 100-ish. That’s about a 7.8 percent chance of getting in.

If you want MORE statistics and math (like I know you do), then here are some other resources the mentors put up:

What This Means (What is Pitch Wars?)

I’ll be working with a published author (the absolutely rad and in all other ways awesome Laura Salters) for two whole months! Working how, you ask?

I’ll know more once we dig in, but the goal is for a mentor to work with the mentee to tear apart and fix, tidy up and polish, and all-around whip the manuscript into shape in time for the mentor round.

If you’ve skimmed the “Revisions” or “Show Don’t Tell” categories on my blog, you know that I LOVE editing. Adore the crappidy crap out of it. I work as a technical writer, not because I’m good at it (I mean, I AM good at it, but that’s not why). I do it because I LOVE IT. I get to rephrase, rewrite, edit, format, reword, and mix around all sorts of documents! It’s fun!

Basically, I’m in this for the long haul. I have just enough ego (coupled lovingly with fear and determination) to know that I’ll get published someday. I just can’t stop writing EVER, and I know I’ll get there. That’s the determination you need, writer friends! The only thing that can stop you from getting what you want is you—if you give up. SO NEVER GIVE UP!

In two months, I’ll hopefully have burned my way through my manuscript, kindling what is good and carbonizing what is bad. All of this in time for the agent round.

Agent round?

Yep! There’s an Agent Round at the end of the two months, at the beginning of November. (Sorry NaNoWriMo 2015, I’ll likely still be working on (or just obsessing over) last year’s project: aka the project I’m working on with my mentor!!)

What is this thing you call the Agent Round?

The excerpts and pitches (similar to a first chapter/query but punchier) will get posted on the website of the fantastic lady who runs it all: Brenda Drake. For 2 days, a slew of literary agents will scour the posted submissions and comment on them to request anything from the proper query + first pages, a partial/full manuscript, a synopsis, or your favorite color! (I mean, I don’t expect they’ll be terribly focused on getting your favorite color. But I’m leaving the door open, here.)

There’s no guarantee of representation or publication, or even that anyone will request any material from the writers. But I’m sure it’s a great way to fray every single nerve in your body with an overdose of adrenaline and cortisol.

If you didn’t get in (or didn’t even submit)

Don’t despair. Basically what the mentees are doing over the next two months is barrel through the manuscript and do a slicey-dicey, building-and-changing, all-around-intensive set of revisions. At the end, we’re mimicking the query process.

There is no reason you can’t work alongside with the same fervor!

Blogging is HAPPENING

I’m going to blog throughout the two months of revisions about what sorts of things we’re looking at and changing. I want to share any new editing techniques that I learn. I want to reveal any tricks or trades or turn-abouts that I come across! How do we approach revisions, communication (my mentor is in the mystical polite land of UK = time zone fun), line edits vs. character/plot arc, scheduling?

My inner geek is becoming my outer geek and I am officially GEEKING OUT!

I created a new category for these posts called “Pitch Wars.” I was going to try to be clever, but that’s when I get into trouble.

Don’t Have WordPress?

Don’t have WordPress but you still want updates and fun times ahead? I’m adding a button on the right hand side of my blog that will say CLICK FOR EMAIL AWESOMENESS. That way, you can follow me through emails that will update you when I post something new!!

Why join me on this revision quest?

It’s important to have another set of eyes on your work. That can be a Mentor, a Critique Partner, or a Beta Reader! Use the Pitch Wars community (check out the hashtag on Twitter), or use the CP Matchmaker by Megan Grimit which will be happening on Sept 12!

Just because you didn’t get in as a mentee doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action!

Walk with me, Writer Friends.

(Or in the case of anxiety and awesomeness, SPRINT FOR TWELVE STEPS THEN SPEED-WALK BECAUSE RUNNING IS HARD.)


16 thoughts on “I GOT INTO PITCH WARS! I’M A MENTEE!

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  8. Great idea, it’ll be interesting to keep up with your progress. Nice opportunity to learn a few insider tricks and tips too ^_^.
    Congratulations on getting in and best of luck with the process :)!

  9. Congrats! I’ll follow your blog too. I’m not as on top of blogs as I used to be, but if you tweet the link w/ the pitch wars tag I’ll probably see it.

    And congratulations!

    • Thanks!! I am absolutely going to tag it! I’m like a super tagger. But not the kind that tags buildings with graffiti. I’m not that artistic OR illegal-adept.

  10. This is so awesome! I’m happy for you. 🙂 This sounds like it will be a great experience.
    Is Pitch Wars something that happens every year? I had no idea about this and would love to participate in it at some point.
    I’m looking forward to all your blog posts about it!

    • Yep! It happens annually. There are also contests of a similar vein (PitchMad, etc.) that should be outlined on Brenda Drake’s site. I found out about it shortly before it happened, so it was a rush! Thankfully, I was already working on my query, so the stars aligned!

  11. I love the energy and enthusiasm in this post! Also, I’d advise you to put your caps lock key back together, but it sounds like leaving it in pieces might be the better way to go. 😉 It’s going to be an awesome two months!

    • I have All Enthusiasm All The Time! The caps lock key will stay in the corner on time-out until it can behave responsibly. Or until the Shift Key gets broken from over-use.

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