Pitch Wars Mentor Picks!


The mentors have worked tirelessly reading all the marvelous submissions for Pitch Wars. Behind the scenes, there’s been laughter, blood, sweat, and tears shared between the mentors. There were so many, SO MANY, wonderful entries, and we couldn’t pick them all. It all came down to which ones spoke the most to the mentors’ hearts.

There are many pathways to acquiring your publishing goals. Pitch Wars is just one of a few. Though I know you’ll be disappointed if you don’t find your name on the following list, please remember that you are in the game. Just finishing a manuscript requires a love for writing, and putting your work out there is such a brave act. Congratulations for getting into the game. Every heartache, every victory, will get you a step closer to success.

I have had many heartaches and many missteps. I’ve been rejected (a lot). I’ve had to change my course (a few times). But giving up was never an option for me. I picked myself up, learned what I had to, and made several friends along the way. My wish for you is to keep going, never give up, and gather friends who will cry and celebrate with you through the battle.


I admire each and every one of you for putting on a brave face and putting your work out there. You are so cared for by all the mentors. There are posts in our Facebook group full of love and caring; my heart swells just reading them. I am truly blessed to be in this community with you.

Thank you for entrusting me with your work and for making me smile every day.

Keep going!

And we have a giveaway from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy for US Pitch Wars writers who entered and weren’t chosen.

Cornerstones, the No. 1 literary consultancy in the UK, www.cornerstones.co.uktwitter.com/cornerstoneslit – is expanding into the US over the coming months. They provide editorial feedback, scout for agents, and have launched many writers over the years: Sarwat Chadda, Liz Kessler, Ava McCarthy, Jane Yardley, Lezanne Clannachan, and Kate Glanville to name a few. They work mainly by word-of-mouth and so Pitch Wars mentees will be the first to know about this service. Cornerstones are offering an $500 voucher to use on one of their services with one of the Pitch Wars editors who will be part of the Cornerstones stable. email helen@cornerstones.co.uk for more information.

I’ll announce the winner when the Rafflecopter expires and contact the winner by email with further instructions.

Here’s a list of the mentors who are editors for them and you’ll get to pick which editor you’d want to work …

Molly Lee
Joy McCullough Carranza
Cat Scully
N.K. Traver
Jenni Walsh
Dionne McCulloch

Please enter the following Rafflcopter for a chance to win the $500 voucher from Cornerstones …

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There will be prizes for the team with the most requests for the agent round in November.  Each team member will receive a $75 gift certificate good towards services from our sponsor …



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I know, I know, but I had to get all the business out of the way first. So here it is. It’s been a long few weeks and we can finally announce … WAIT!!!


We’ve added extra mentee spots. Our mentors who wanted to mentee two writers entered a drawing to have a wild card pick and we now have 125 mentees for Pitch Wars 2105!!

Click this link to view the 2015 Pitch Wars mentor/mentee(s) teams:

2015 Pitch Wars Mentor Picks List

There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes for Pitch Wars. If you’ve gotten anything out of the contest, please consider making a donation. Any amount helps. Thank you for your support!

Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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  1. Thanks to Brenda and all of the mentors for the hard work you’ve been willing to do on behalf of writers. I so wish I’d been picked, but perhaps another time. Good luck to everyone who has gotten a bit closer to an agent.

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    • Thank you to Miss Brenda Drake & all the hardworking mentors. I had a lot of fun and am grateful to this new supportive writing community!

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  2. Thanks so much for running this. It’s a very unique opportunity. How can we let the mentors know that we are interested in the feedback that some of them offered? I am not a twitter participant, so I can’t tweet anyone.

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  3. Again, thanks for hosting PW, Brenda. When you get a chance, please answer my email. I want to buy one of your books.

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  4. Thanks, Brenda, for this wonderful opportunity. I’mm disappointed I didn’t win but happy for the opportunity to compete.

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  5. Brenda Drake, you are awesome!

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  6. Thank you so much to Brenda Drake and all the #PitchWars mentors. It’s been a crazy couple weeks. Congratulations to all the new mentees!

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