I am happy to announce I will be a Pitch Wars 2017 mentor this fall. Pitch Wars is where I learned how to revise, not just edit, my manuscripts. And I’m not talking writing a new scene and changing the character arc of one minor character. I mean changes on every page, including two new chapters at the beginning, a new ending (last third of the manuscript), a deleted character, a change in scene order, and a stronger theme woven throughout the story.
I was a mentee in 2015 and my lovely mentor, Jessica Vitalis, and I created a 16 page brain-storming document that listed over 100 possible new endings for my PW manuscript, all different, all plausible. Once you’ve pulled yourself out of the mind frame that your story must remain the way your first envisioned it, you are ready to grow and really go places as a writer. To me, this is what Pitch Wars is all about. It’s what pulled me out of the slush pile and into the capable hands of my agent, Lisa Roger of JABberwocky Literary Agency. And it’s what has given me the confidence to work with editors and other industry professionals and to continue to create stories that fire the imagination and touch young readers’ hearts. Read my Pitch Wars Success Story here.
What is Pitch Wars?
Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer critiques on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch and query letter to get it ready for the agent round where numerous agents bid on a chance to read the manuscripts. Mentors and mentees often work closely together over the two month period between being chosen and the agent round, passing ideas and encouragement back and forth. Mentors will provide a detailed edit letter, revision ideas, and support along the way, but it is up to the mentee to make the most of the experience and revise their manuscript.
For more information on Pitch Wars and how to enter see Brenda Drake’s blog.
Interested in Working With Me?
I’ve created some blog posts that might help you get ready to work with a mentor and to let you know what I’m looking for in a mentee. I’ve also included testimonials on my critiquing style and editorial eye and have linked to some posts about me on the Pitch Wars Blogs. As I create or find relevant content, I’ll link to it here, so check back often.