2016 Pitchwars mentor blog-hop is only a week away! If you’re an author and you’ve never heard of Pitch wars, check it out here: http://www.brenda-drake.com/pitch-wars/
Here’s a quick preview of how it works. On July 20th the mentor blog hop is released. Hopeful authors will have until August 3rd to browse the mentor’s blogs to choose the 4 mentors who are the best fit. Applications are accepted until midnight on August 6th. Mentors start reviewing applications immediately, and mentees are announced on August 25th. If you are chosen by one of the mentors, you get to work with a talented editor or author until October 31 to produce the best version of your manuscript. (Very busy, super-fun time!) The agent showcase starts November 3rd and works as follows. Adult and NA entries will post Nov. 3. MG entries will post Nov. 4. YA entries will post Nov. 5. Participating agents will browse the entries until Nov. 9th, the last day of the showcase.
What you need to enter this contest: A complete manuscript. That’s it. This isn’t a Twitter contest, or a contest for already published authors. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never submitted any manuscript to anyone. This is your chance to get your book in front of a lot of agents at one time. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
Are you in? I hope so. Pitch Wars changed everything for me, and I’m not the only one. Fifty of the 2015 mentees have found their agent since the agent showcase since last November. And we have formed countless new writer friendships. If you’re itching to get started here are some links to keep you busy until the blog hop is posted.
http://www.brenda-drake.com/ Brenda Drake (a talented author/genius who started this contest) Blog. Lots of goodies here. Take your time and browse the advice and mini-interviews being posted daily.
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/6-reasons-why-every-writer-should-enter-pitch-wars-next-year Not convinced yet? 6 reasons you should enter.
http://askauthors.tumblr.com/ More questions? The 2015 mentees have created a place for you to ask!
https://twitter.com/hashtag/pitchwars Here’s what people are saying about it on Twitter.
http://www.totheshelves.com/ A blog created by 2015 mentees.
http://www.lanapattinson.com/pitchwars-2016-pimpmybio/ Instructions for an interesting way to get noticed by the mentors!
http://www.katejfoster.com/ Website of the amazing MG Mentor Kate Foster, who picked my manuscript in 2015 and will be a mentor again this year. If you write MG you MUST check this out. Since Kate read my manuscript, I’ve gained a wise mentor, a lifetime cheerleader, and most importantly a wonderful friend.
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