Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pitch Wars Love-fest

Ten reasons participating in the Pitch Wars contest has been a fantastic idea now matter how things turn out:

1. Meeting new critique partners I hope to swap many, many novels with in the future. *waves*

2. My query has been poked, prodded, polished and twisted on its head thanks to feedback from fellow writers entering the contest.

3. Making lots of awesome new writer friends on Twitter. Writer friends are the best because they're mostly nerds, they're funny and they totally get it when you need a writing pick-me-up or a kick in the ass.

4. First chapter revisions aren't as painful when you have lots of great feedback to incorporate from new writing buddies.

5. Kickboxing butterflies in my tummy. Yes, I KNOW I'm weird, but I actually like that feeling of half anticipation and half panic.

6. Lots of new books to be read thanks to stalking the mentor bios. I'm a book addict. I must feed my addiction. Pitch Wars is an enabler.

7. Distracting Twitter feed is a rolling stream of entertainment distracting me from what I should be doing during the day. That's a pro and a con.

8. Reading fellow contestant bios makes me appreciate how truly diverse and wonderful our writing community is.

9. Animated Gif overload. I never knew there were so many animated gifs in the world. I had a lot of fun picking gifs for my mentee bio.

10. Believing in myself and my writing enough to enter a contest. It's one thing to write a novel, it's another to send it out into the world.

Each and every person who enters Pitch Wars should pause and give themselves a mental hug - you've done something extraordinary. Yes, most of us won't make it into the mentee slots, but we've gained so much just by entering this contest. Thanks to feedback from fellow writers (and potentially the mentors) our writing can only improve.

Major thanks to Brenda Drake and all 75 of this year's mentors. Good luck to everyone entering and to the mentors as they make some really tough decisions!


  1. Congrats! I am so excited for you. And your wip is kick-ass awesome! I've got my fingers crossed for you.

  2. Thanks sweetie! I expect to see lovely writing from you soon on that new WIP. You're one of those kick-ass crit partners I feel so ridiculously blessed to know.