Have you seen the hashtag #PitchWars? Wondered what it’s all about? Well, here’s the post to tell you what is up.
We’re extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.
· The teams will consist of 1 agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.
· November 26: The coaches (listed on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to coach. They’ll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.
· November 26- December 5: Aspiring writers will submit 3 “applications” to their top choices for coaches to the contest email (firstname.lastname@example.org) during the allotted times (8AM to 8PM EST). That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each with one of their three top choices for coach.
· December 5 through December 10: Coaches will read the applications and pick teammates.The coaches don’t have to pick from their applications. If a coach passes on an application, it is then up for grabs and another coach, if they haven’t connected to their applicants, can snatch it after notifying the applicant and if the applicant chooses the coach.
· December 12: Teams will be announced. On the announcement post there will be instructions on how the winners must send their work.
· December 12 through January 16: Each coach will read their teammate’s manuscript and give general notes on any issues they find. The coach will help their teammate get his or her pitches ready for the agent round.
· Note: The material for the agent round will be a 3 sentence pitch and the first 250 words of your manuscript. Coaches will read manuscripts and query letters only once and give notes. It is up to the writer to use the notes from their coaches to get the manuscript and query letter in as best shape as they can to send to requesting agents. The coaches will critique the three sentence pitch and first 250 words. The coaches will read them as many times as they deem necessary. In no way will writers expect the coaches to read the manuscript and query letter more than once or the pitches more than twice.
· January 20: Coaches will submit shined pitches to the contest email.
· January 23 and 24: Agents will read and make requests on the pitches they like (it is likely that not all participants will get requests).
· January 25: We’ll announce the team with the most requests and who will take home the winning prizes (an amazon gift card for each).
· This is open to finished manuscripts only.
· You may only enter one manuscript.
· Only the genres requested by each coach will be considered for the contest.
Subject line: Pitch Wars Application: Coach Name you want to apply for: Title (Example: Pitch Wars Application: Brenda Drake: GONE WITH THE WIND)
Name: Your Name
Genre: The genre of your manuscript
Word Count: The word count of your manuscript
Query letter here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.
First five pages of the manuscript here (embedded in email). Single spaced. No indentions. A space between each paragraph.
REMINDER: You can send an application for up to 3 coaches.
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Welcome to the agent round of Pitch Live!
The following entries have made it through the first round and are in the following posts after this one. Please no comments other than those from agents.
If you want to comment on the entries please go to this post here
and click on each participants’ link. From today, October 17 – October 19
the agents will hop around and request pages from their favorite pitches.Check out all the agents viewing the pitches on this post here
Submissions: Should you get a request from one of the agents, go to their websites and follow their submission guidelines. In your submission, make sure to put this in the subject line: Pitch Live Requested Material: TITLE OF YOUR NOVEL. Unless, of course, the agent puts specific instructions in the comments of your posts.
There’s a total of 30 videos and I’m hosting 10 of them here on my blog. So make sure to visit my hosts’ blogs for the other entries…
We had a vote going for the best video during the blogfest part of the contest, so we’ll announce the winners now.
The runners up from the blogfest vote for best video, each receiving a $10 gift card from Amazon are …
Sarah Blair and John Krissilas
And the top dog, Grand Poopah of video pitches, panty slinger, elevator riding champ, and the winner of a $25 gift card from Amazon is …
Keep scrolling for the video pitches…
Pitch Live! E-1: UNCOVERED
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Romance
Word Count: 62,000
Pitch Live! E-2: CORRUPTED
Genre: YA Cyberpunk
Word Count: 77,000
Pitch Live! E-3: MAKING ARRANGEMENTS
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Word Count: 73,000