Pitch Wars 2016 Submission Window … is now closed!
Aug02

Pitch Wars 2016 Submission Window … is now closed!

Surprise! We’re opening the submission window early! It will remain open until the original closing of August 6 at 10PM EDT (New York time). For your listening pleasure while you’re filling out your forms, Sarah Farnam wrote and performed a song for Pitch Wars. It so amazing, so check it out here: For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critiques 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 a little over two months to get them ready for the agent round. Writers can pick up to four (4) mentors to submit to. Want to have two bonus entries? Go to this page here and find out how you can submit to six (6) mentors instead of four. Last year we had fifty-five mentees sign with agents and several of those resulted in book deals. That’s not counting all the successes from Pitch Wars 2012, 2013, and 2014. Pitch Wars has reached over 200 successes. It’s our fifth year, and we our excited to see what happens. We hope to have many more successes this year! For a list of our mentors go here, for submission guidelines go here, and for a list of our agents this year, go here and here. And make sure to enter the scavenger hunt for a chance to win a mentorship. Only those who enter Pitch Wars can participate in the scavenger hunt. After all the mentors make their mentee picks, we’re holding a drawing and picking three lucky writers to go through the mentoring process. This is a random draw. So anything goes! And anyone can win! That’s one writer each from the middle grade, young adult, and adult/new adult pool of submissions. More information on this post here. You have until we announce the mentors’ picks to solve the puzzle and submit your entry. 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 Me page/label at the top of the blog 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...

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Links for 2-Part Celebration LIVE Show! (+ surprises)
Aug02

Links for 2-Part Celebration LIVE Show! (+ surprises)

Are you excited for the celebration LIVE show featuring back-to-back segments with more mentors than ever before? I know I am! Here are the links to watch! Google Event Page | Youtube   The show starts at 7 p.m. EDT and another segment will follow at 8 p.m. with another group of mentors, including the amazing Brenda Drake herself! Join us for this amazing two-parter. We’ll be answering your last minute questions, talking about the slush, and playing fun author games. BONUS SURPRISE: We’ll be giving away some EXTRA mentor entries to lucky hopefuls who will be watching and tweeting live! Make sure you join us for your chance to win! If you missed any of the other amazing Pitch Wars LIVE shows, catch them all here on this Youtube...

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Bid on Pitch Wars Swag Auction Tonight!
Aug02

Bid on Pitch Wars Swag Auction Tonight!

The following is a guest post.   Emily Herring Dunn is the founder and creator of Writer’s Life Apparel, the clothing store catered to writers in need of comfortable inspiration. She is also a young adult author represented by Jessica Schmeidler at Golden Wheat Literary, and she is the Community Editor for Stark Contrast Editing. Follow her on Twitter: @emily_hdunn       Hello wonderful Brenda Drake followers & Pitch Wars mentors, alumni, and hopefuls! I am way too excited to be sharing a little something-something on this fun space. If you’ve been following all the Pitch Wars buzz on Twitter, you’ll know that #writerslifeapparel is selling all the swag! We have coffee mugs and shirts at the moment for your viewing/buying pleasure. Which is why I’m here! For the past month #writerslifeapparel has been a stand-alone website. However, due to a few changes and experimentation with this business idea, this has changed. All tops are being sold throughTeeSpring. Mugs are being sold through Etsy. I realize that this can make things a bit dizzying, but not to worry! The #writerslifeapparel website is still up, so you can go there to view all of our products. If you land on one you like, rather than add it to your shopping cart- look for the “available for purchase” link included in the information. That link will take you directly to where you can purchase it, whether it’s TeeSpring or Etsy. But wait, there’s MORE. TONIGHT, August 2nd, #writerslifeapparel will be hosting an auction in honor of Pitch Wars. We have some extra logo tees that need good homes. This auction will be hosted on Twitter. The shirt will be posted and bidding will start at $10. The bidding will go from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. EST. SO, whoever is the last to bid the highest gets the shirt. While normally 30% of our profits go to Pitch Wars, 50% of these auction items will go to the fund! Here’s another detail about that: shipping is free if the bidding goes above $15. If the bid remains below $15, you still have to pay $5 in shipping. Please keep this in mind when you bid! Also, the payments have to come through PayPal. Sadly, we cannot take cash or cards for this fun. How do you bid, you ask? Simply tweet @writerslifeapp with your bid! We will send a message to the winner for the shipping info/paypal information. A little after that, you will receive a billing notification. Once we have received payment, you’ll receive your shipping/tracking info! Here are #writerslifeapparel social media accounts/ shop links, just so you know: Twitter Instagram Facebook Stand-Alone Site...

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Pitch Wars Submission Window is coming … and we’re giving away editing prizes!
Aug02

Pitch Wars Submission Window is coming … and we’re giving away editing prizes!

  To help with our donation campaign for Pitch Wars, some of our mentors who have editing and other services are offering prizes for our giveaway. Everyone who enters Pitch Wars, will get an entry into the drawing. If you donate to Pitch Wars, you’ll receive two extra entries into the drawing. All amounts are greatly appreciated. If you’re not entering Pitch Wars this year and the contest has benefited you in the past, please consider donating. Details on this post here. Your donations will help move Pitch Wars to a new exiting site on pitchwars.org. The site will focus on community and craft, and of course, our big contest in August. There will be so many amazing things on this new site, I can’t wait to share all the details with you. We’ll launch it in 2017! And look for upcoming information about Pitch Wars writing retreats coming soon! Go check out the wonderful services offered by our Pitch Wars mentor professionals on their sites. And here are the mentors’ items that will be in the drawing. Enter by August 24th at 5pm EDT, and winners will be announced in a post on August 26th!     Chimera Editing From Jami Nord: a Big Picture critique. And a $30 off a Big Picture critique for anyone entering Pitch Wars. From Rebecca Sky (website): A brand consultation and logo package.   Raulerson Editorial From Natasha Raulerson: A query and first three chapter critique of a YA, NA, or Adult manuscript edit.   From Freelance Editor (website),  Joy McCullough: A query and three chapters of MG or YA manuscript edit.   Wild Things Editing From Kim Graff: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit. From Amy Trueblood: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit. From Megan Lally: A query, 1-to-2 page synopsis, and first 2,500 words edit …   From Cat Scully with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy US: A query, synopsis, and three chapters edit.   Jen Malone edits From Jen Malone: A query and first 20 pages of manuscript edit.   Kate Foster Professional Editing Services From Kate Foster: A three chapter edit.   Copper Lantern Studio Editorial Services From Kit Frick: A query letter and synopsis critique.   Author Accelerator From Jenny Nash: A query and first chapter critique.   From Dionne McCulloch with Cornerstones Literary Consultancy US : A line edit of first 3 chapters of manuscript.   From Freelance Editor (website) and Entangled Publishing intern, Ashley Hearn: A query, synopsis, and first chapter critique.     Labelle’s Editorial Services From Lynnette Labelle: A mini manuscript evaluation report based off the first 100...

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