Announcing Pitch Madness 2017…Candyland Edition!
Jan13

Announcing Pitch Madness 2017…Candyland Edition!

The Pitch Madness submission window will be open for 24 hours on February 24! What is Pitch Madness? It’s a contest held every March, where writers enter for a chance to win requests from the participating agents. Writers submit a 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of their completed manuscript on submission day. Then a team of readers choose the top sixty (60) entries to go onto the agent round. Though Pitch Madness has a game theme, the next contest will transition to more of a critique based contest with agents simply requesting in the comments of the entries’ posts instead of having the agents play for requests. Also, hosts will coach our team members, helping them polish their entries and first pages. We’ll have an agent introduction post up next week. The submission window will be open from 12:01 AM EST on February 24 until 11:59PM EST. You should have plenty of time to get your submissions in. There is no limit of how many entries will be accepted. Please note: All entries sent before or after the allotted times will be deleted. There will be 60 finalists moving onto the agent round. Pitch Madness will accept Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult completed fiction, novel length (no novellas) completed and polished manuscripts only. This time around we will not accept non-fiction. Only one entry per writer this round. What do you need to enter? A 35-word (max) pitch and the first 250 words of your finished manuscript. If the 250th word falls in the middle of a sentence, go to the end of the sentence. I will post formatting instructions before the submission window opens. There will be a form on the submission post to enter your pitch into. Pitch Madness will be on six blogs and each blog host will have a co-host helping them choose their top 10 entries. We’ll have a small team of first readers ranking the entries for the host round. All the twitter fun will be happening on the hashtag #PitchMadness!   Meet our first round readers …   Jami Nord Website | Twitter Phone monkey, former Lit Agent intern, freelance editor for @Chimera_Edits, & writer under a pen name. Bi, pagan, nerdy, & liberal. I don’t bite, promise.   Kerbie Addis Twitter Writer. Feminist. Slytherin. Bacon mage. Future librarian. Lit agent intern. Army wife. Lover of dark stories & dark lipstick. #PitchWars co-mentor. #WNDB   Mary Ann Marlowe Website | Twitter Author of SOME KIND OF MAGIC @KensingtonBooks Feb ’17 * Repped by @mike_hoogland at @DGLM * #PitchWars Mentor, Whovian, & Sassenach   Samantha Joyce Website...

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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Helen Hoang and her mentor, Brighton Walsh
Jan13

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Helen Hoang and her mentor, Brighton Walsh

Having our mentees land an agent or a publishing deal is one of the highlights of being part of Pitch Wars. We’re so excited for Helen Hoang and her mentor, Brighton Walsh. Helen signed with Kim Lionetti of BookEnds Literary Agency after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for her! Please, help me in congratulating Helen and Brighton on their Pitch Wars Success. Helen, what was it about Brighton that made you choose to send her a Pitch Wars application? To be honest, I didn’t originally plan to send Brighton my application. Her mentor bio basically said, “I will hate you if you make me cry,” and I thought my manuscript was angsty. But she was so very nice and approachable on Twitter, and I really liked her, so I figured I’d give her a try anyway. If I tore her heart out, I was hundreds of miles away, and it’s hard to hunt people down when you’re bleeding profusely from your chest. I was completely surprised when she picked me as one of her mentees, and even more surprised when she said my manuscript made her laugh. I guess I’m funny. Who knew? Brighton, what was it about Helen’s RELATIONSHIP ON RETAINER that hooked you? Helen’s voice. It’s so real and charming it immediately drew me in. And the humor is what pushed her MS over the edge into the MUST HAVE pile for me. Helen, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? Working with Brighton was a dream come true. She’s amazingly generous with her time, caring, super funny, and easy to talk to. Her guidance helped me find the missing half of my manuscript (the hero’s arc; look at that, it takes two people to have a romance), and my writing improved by leaps and bounds. I’m so grateful for this experience and even more grateful that I’ve made a great friend. Brighton, tell us about your experience mentoring Helen. Helen was amazing. She worked relentlessly on editing and revising based on my notes and suggestions, inhaled every bit of information I passed on, and diligently implemented them into her work. I truly lucked out with mentees this year as they were both an absolute dream to work with. Helen, after Pitch Wars, you signed with Kim Lionetti of BookEnds. Please, tell us about “The Call.” We love all the details about the offer, how they contacted you, how you responded, celebrations, emotions . . . How long did you have to wait and how did you distract yourself? Anything! We love hearing about all of it. I was lucky enough to...

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