Think Pitch Wars can’t get any more exciting?
Fact: I (Rae) am offering ONE first page + mentor pitch critique PER DAY starting November 25th and ending December 1st.
Opinion: This is a pretty sweet opportunity, no? That’s seven chances to get a last-second set of eyes on your submission!
Fact: All you have to do is tweet why you deserve a critique from me *on the #PitchWars hashtag* starting at 8 am EST on 11/25. (Ex: “I deserve a critique from Rae because . . . #PitchWars) Winners will be announced at 4 pm EST ON THE BLOG (not on Twitter!) every day from 11/25-12/1.
Opinion: I’m a fickle creature. What catches my attention one day may not work the next. If you read my agent interviews, you have a pretty good idea of how quirky and nerdy I am. Let that be your guide. Or don’t.
Fact: ALL critiques will be returned before submissions open on 12/2. Pinky promise. (Also, the critiques WILL NOT be posted on the blog. Only the winners’ names and twitter handles will be posted.)
(READ THESE BEFORE YOU ENTER!)
1- I work for Brenda, but I am not mind-melded with her. Anything I say is out of my own, very imperfect brain. Not hers. If you don’t like what I have to say, for Pete’s sake, DON’T FLAME BRENDA. (And while we’re at it, don’t flame me either. But especially don’t flame Brenda.)
2- I’m biased. I’m a human being. If I write something on your pitch/ms/submission, it is an observation/opinion from my perspective. It is not some universal truth that must be obeyed. Take my suggestions — and ANY suggestions you get — with a grain of salt. I do not know you. I do not know your story. I am a fresh set of eyes. (Those eyes just happen to have taken a few editing and writing classes. Also, I work for 1) an author and 2) four writing professors.)
3- I am not entering Pitch Wars, nor am I affiliated with any of the mentors OR agents OR participants. I am not conspiring with anyone to weaken your entry or steer you wrong. I also will not share your entry or critique with anyone.
4- I am brutally honest. I am also not a monster . . . unless it is before 11 am. Seriously, I am not out to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I am not going to beat around the bush. I’ve had to take my share of criticism, and I will have to take much more in the future. We all will. We deal with it. We go on.
5- Don’t ask me who to submit to. Do your homework. Ask the mentors questions.
6- Pitch Wars is serious business, but it’s supposed to be FUN. Don’t let it drive you to do anything you will regret.