Pitch Wars Submission Window … is now closed!
Aug14

Pitch Wars Submission Window … is now closed!

Surprise! We’re opening the submission window early! It will remain open until the original closing of August 17 at 11:59PM EDT (just before midnight). For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critique his/her writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. To do this, the mentors read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for two months to get them ready for the agent round. Writers can pick up to five (5) mentors to submit to. Last year we had about forty mentees sign with agents and eight of those resulted in book deals. That’s not counting all the successes from Pitch Wars 2012 and 2013. We hope to have many more successes this year! For a list our mentors and submission guidelines go here. For a list of our agents this year, go here. If you have any difficulties with this form, or if there’s a technical glitch, or if the site blows up, don’t panic, just use the form under the contact label above and let us know the issue. About your queries: It should have all parts of the query, as if you were sending to an agent. “Dear Mentor” works for the salutation and make sure to include your bio (if you have one) and category/genre/word count. About your first chapters: Upload the first chapter of your manuscript no matter how long it is. You can include short prologues (3 pages or less) or send the prologues later if the mentor asks for a full manuscript. If you don’t have chapters in your book or feel your chapters are too short, send the first ten pages of your manuscript. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER IF YOU AREN’T READY, once you hit send, there are no take backs or changes. Double check that you have the right mentors for the category (MG, YA, NA, or Adult)  you are submitting, your entry will be deleted if you send it to a mentor who is not requesting your category. There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes for Pitch Wars. I have vacillated between charging and not charging a small fee to enter Pitch Wars this year and decided against it. Instead, if you’ve gotten anything out of the contest, please consider making a donation. Any amount helps. Thank you for your support!   After you hit send on the form, the page will reload. Scroll down to where the form...

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Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors … mini interviews with YA/NA & Adult mentors
Aug14

Get to know the Pitch Wars Mentors … mini interviews with YA/NA & Adult mentors

For the past couple weeks we’ve been getting to know mentors on live chats on the Whiskey, Wine, & Writing site and by hopping to our mentors’ blogs to read their bios and wish lists. Today we have some mini-interviews with the mentors who couldn’t make the live chats. At the bottom of this post you’ll find YouTube links to some of the live chats. There are three more live chats happening this week. The next one is tonight. Check out the Whiskey, Wine, & Writing site for the schedule and list of mentors joining the chats and watch them live. And there just might be a surprise happening on tonight on the chat. But for now, here are the mini-interviews … We asked our mentors to answer these three questions: 1. What are you looking for in a submission and what would you forgive as far as issues in the sample pages? In other words, what do you feel is an easy fix and what would be a pass for you? 2. What is your editing style and do you have a game plan to tackle edits with your mentee in the two months given for the contest? 3. And lastly, what is your all time favorite book and how did it inspire your writing? And here’s their answers …   Michelle Hauck Twitter 1. In general I’m looking for adult fantasy. Something that keeps my interest flowing and has a high concept. A certain amount of line edits wouldn’t throw me off. I’m more likely to be scared away by big picture problems that require tearing apart the manuscript and starting over. Large amounts of info dumping in a first chapter are always a warning sign. Characters I can’t relate to or can’t like would also scare me away. 2. I like to start with the full manuscript and do a once through with track changes for big picture issues and line edits. Then I usually go over the full again through any number of revisions, making more notes and offering suggestions. Once that’s done I’d tackle the pitch and query letter with my mentee. 3. Books that inspired my writing. There are lots of those. I’d say Gone with the Wind inspired Kindar’s Cure. I added that whole love of the land component, like what Scarlett feels for Tara. There’s a bit of Kidnapped by Scott in Kindar’s Cure also with the Scottish rebellion to the crown. I tend to take from all over.   Rebecca Sky Twitter 1. If you want an agent you should have a good grasp on English. That said I’d overlook...

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