Tuesday, July 19, 2016

0 Pitch Wars 2016 Is Coming -- And Why You Should Jump at the Opportunity

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Pitch Wars 2016 is coming!

Have a completed manuscript and looking for an agent? Want help in making that manuscript the best it can be? Submit to Pitch Wars 2016, a free service organized by one of our fabulous First Five Pages Workshop mentors, Brenda Drake.

What is Pitch Wars?

Is it another contest? Oh, no, it’s so much better. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. Writers send applications (query and first chapter of manuscript) to four mentors who best fit their work. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the one writer they want to mentor for the next two months.

One mentee is chosen by each mentor or set of co-mentors, and they spend two months revising the manuscript and pitch. In November during the agent round, each mentee is featured on a post that includes their 50 word pitch and the first 250 words of their manuscript. Participating agents view the posts and make requests. More than 50 authors were offered representation and/or published with the help of Pitch Wars 2015!

For more detailed instructions, see Pitch Wars 2016 … all the details!.

Starting this Wednesday, July 20, the Pitch Wars Mentor Blog Hop starts and continues until the submission window opens. For the Hop, mentors post their bios and wishlists for those interested in entering the contest to find the perfect mentor matches to submit to. Make sure to check out the live chats and mini-bios with the mentors posting on Brenda Drake's site.

To get ready for Pitch Wars:

  1. Make sure your manuscript is finished, as polished as you can make it using critique partners, beta readers, and personal edits. (Published manuscripts will not be accepted.)
  2. Have a 50 word pitch that summarizes your novel. See “Pitch Wars: The 35-word and Twitter Pitch … simplified”. With Pitch Wars, you get 15 extra words!
  3. Write a query letter (like the one you would send to agents). It’s part of the application. New to query letters or just need some advice? See “Pitch Wars: The Query … simplified”.
  4. Write a 1-3 page synopsis. The mentors you apply to might want them, and many agents request them as well. See “Pitch Wars: The Synopsis … simplified”.

Pitch Wars 2016 submission window opens August 3, 2016!

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