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I got into Pitch Wars!

I am happy to announce that I’ve been chosen to join the Pitch Wars Class of 2017! This is a remarkable opportunity, and I am so grateful to have been selected. I’ve been working on revisions with my wonderful mentor, Rhiannon Hart, for the past two weeks, and it’s been fantastic.

Pitch Wars is a writing contest hosted by Brenda Drake via Twitter in which writers compete to gain a two-month experience with a mentor. All of the mentors are agented authors or editors who are volunteering their time to work with unagented authors, getting their manuscripts ready for the Agent Showcase, which takes place in early November.

This year there were more than 3,000 applicants, competing for 180 slots. Each applicant submits a query letter and their first chapter to 4 or 6 mentors, who read the queries and pages, request partial or full manuscripts, and narrow down their choice to one lucky writer each. It is intended to be a microcosm of the publishing industry, and it certainly feels like it! By compressing the entire process down to just a few weeks and adding the element of direct, visible competition, Pitch Wars is quite a rush. I never expected to win, but I am thrilled that I did!

I’m planning to write a couple of posts about what I’ve been learning during the revision process with my mentor, as well as resources I used to get ready for the contest, so stay tuned.

First Try at Twitter Pitch Contests

Below are some of my tweets from a couple of recent Twitter pitch contests. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to distill an entire novel down to just 140 characters, including tags. I even got a couple of query requests from agents, which is the whole point of the process!