We’ve faced the rejection and become better writers for it. And you’ve all proven you can beat the rejection by nominating the people who helped you overcome, improve, and have hope in the future.
Thank you for being such a positive influence on our community!
Here are the Pitch Wars 2017 Rejection Party winners . . .
Isabel Davis: I’m happy to donate a first chapter critique. It may or it may not include line edits.
Winner: Marti Parham
Marty Mayberry: I’ll donate a first 4000 words critique that will be completed after Thanksgiving. Just in time for the holidays. LOL.
Winner: Jeanne Renee
Isabel Davis: OH! Hello. I’m a designer. I can do a fun screen saver of their favorite quote for the desktop or their iphone.
Winner: Loretta Chefchaouni
Dawn Ius: I can donate a first chapter or query critique.
Winner: Fiona Claire
I’m also happy to donate a book, or an ARC of Lizzie, depending on when those things arrive. *taps foot with impatience*
Winner: Meghan Maugheri
K.T. Hanna: I’ll do a first chapter critique to be delivered at end of October.
Tara Creel: I can donate a query+first chapter critique.
Winner: Michelle Fohlin
Amanda Rawson Hill: I’ll donate a copy of next month’s book for our newsletter book club. ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD. I have an in with the author so I might even be able to swing a signed copy. I’ll see. (Hooray for Joy McCullough’s previous Pitch Wars mentee!)
Winner: Deborah Maroulis
Erin Foster Hartley: I can donate a query + first chapter critique.
Winner: Jessica Jade
Akemi Dawn Bowman: I can donate a query or 1st chapter critique.
Winner: Vanessa E Peay
Amy Trueblood: I’ll do a query + first chapter critique.
Winner: Leslie D. Rush
Annette Christie: I’ll donate a craft book of their choosing!
Winner: Lisa Gold
Monica Hoffman: Put me down for a query critique and first chapter.
Winner: David Harshaw
Joy McCullough: I’ll do a query + first chapter – MG or YA only.
Winner: R.A. Krueger
Carrie Callaghan: I’ll donate two copies of THRILL ME by Benjamin Percy.
Winner: KJ Harrowick
Jamie Howard: Query + first chapter for me!
Winner: Jason Temple
Helene Dunbar: I’ll do a query + first chapter AFTER pw!
Winner: Sarah Germer
Katrina Carrasco: I’ll do a query + first-chapter critique after PW. Adult only.
Winner: Kristen Howe
Laura Pohl: I can do 3 query critiques! (YA preferred)
Winner: Morgan Hazlewood
Winner: Arielle Hadfield
Kellye Garrett: I can donate a book! Woo hoo.
Winner: Emily Flood
Lyndsay Ely: A book of the winner’s choosing my work hoard! (I’ve got picture books, MG, YA, adult, cookbooks, etc…the shelves are packed) Mark me down for that! 🙂
Winner: Rona Wang
JC Davis: I’ll donate a query & first chapter critique.
Winner: Amelia Hollingworth
Julie Artz: I’ll donate a query + synopsis + first chapter for MG or YA. The synopsis can be optional, but they’ll get big-picture feedback if they send one 😉
Winner: April Clausen
Katrina Emmel: I’ll do a first chapter critique (up to 10 pages) completed between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Winner: Angie McCullagh
Alicia Clancy: I’ll do a query+first chapter critique.
Winner: Melissa Liban
Nikki Roberti: I’ll do 3 query critiques
Winner: Nikhita Prabhakar
Winner: Maria Stout
Winner: Bethany Stevenson
Sarah Hawthorne: I’ll donate a book!
Winner: S.M. Roffey
Jessica Calla: How about a $5 Amazon GC to buy a book of their choice?
Winner: Susan Allred
Alexandra Alessandri: I couldn’t mentor this year, but I’d love to contribute with a query + chapter critique!
Winner: Maria Hossain
Melissa Marino: I’ll donate a signed paperback of their choice of one of my 3 books. 🙂
Winner: Christopher Woolf
Jenny Lundquist: I’ll do a first chapter critique (MG preferred) and donate a copy of The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby.
Winner: Amy Nygaard
Adalyn Grace: I can donate a YA query + 1st chapter critique.
Winner: Lilly Santiago
Kerbie Addis: I can donate 5 YA query critiques, to be delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Winner: Cassie Miller
Winner: Isabeau Rose
Winner: Casie Bazay
Winner: Kelly Barina
Winner: Mikaley Osley
Rebecca Sky: I’ll donate a YA audiobook.
Winner: Marley Rodriquez
Shari Schwarz: This is great! I’ll donate a query + 1st chapter critique.
Winner: Branwen O’Shea-Refai
Kes Trester: I’ll donate a book and swag.
Winner: Sabrina McClain
Kim Long: Mixing things up–I’ll do a synopsis crit, but it must be less than two pages single spaced.
Winner: Michelle Leonard
Jessica Bayliss: I’ll donate a first chapter critique (up to 3K words).
Winner: Nancy McGinley Myers
Lisa Amowitz: I will offer a first chapter critique. At the end of October (up 3K words).
Winner: TK Yeager
Sheena Boekweg: I’ll donate three query critiques.
Winner: Kate Havas
Winner: Lisa Orchard
Winner: Danielle Simonelli
Marie Meyer: Great idea! I will donate a query + 1st chapter critique, when PW is over.
Winner: Tim Collins
Emma Wicker: I’ll do a chapter critique for NA/A – 5 1st chapters.
Winner: Anne Lipton
Winner: Mark Dooley
Winner: Jessica Lewis
Winner: Elizabeth Perry
Winner: Jen Martin
Destiny Cole: OH I HAVE ONE!!!! Victory Fall by Alicia Dada.
Winner: Jess Creaden
Jennifer Jones Vincent: I’m happy to offer a first chapter critique for MG or YA!
Winner: Ramon Ballard
Jami Nord: I’ll do 5 first page (250 words) crits. I figure keeping it short spreads the love! YA or Adult only.
Winner: Haley Kral
Winner: Alechia Dow-Hirt
Winner: Randi Perrin
Winner: Pamela Thompson
Winner: Katie Beers
Laura Brown: I’ll do a first chapter critique for A/NA.
Winner: David Neuner
Fiona McLaren: I’m up for a query & synopsis critique! Make that x 2. 🙂
Winner: Ali Labdon
Natalka Burian: I can happily donate a book!
Winner: Melinda Mitchell
C.M McCoy: I’ll donate SHOWING AND TELLING IN FICTION by Marcy Kennedy
Winner: Catherine Bakewell
Kelly Siskind: I’ll do a query critique!
Winner: Nina Fortmeyer
Kristin Smith: I can donate an ebook of CATALYST or FORGOTTEN.
Beth Ellyn Summer: I’ll donate an ebook of At First Blush! 🙂
Winner: Stephanie Zyvoloski
Rachel Griffin: I’d love to do a YA query + 1st chapter critique!
Winner: Michelle Reynoso
Kelly Hopkins: Happy to do a couple of query critiques!
Winner: Barb Hopkins
Winner: Amelia Hollingsworth
And Cimone Watson, editorial intern at
@FillesVertesPub , wanted to donate, too! Thank you Cimone! This is what she said: For the Pitch Wars rejection party, may I donate 3 query+first chapter critiques? And I said, of course!
Winner: Caitlin Jacobs
Winner: Luke Tarzian
Winner: Ariel Ryan
And after Pitch Wars is over, I (Heather Cashman) will provide a whole novel edit to . . .
Your generous mentors will be contacting you via Twitter to arrange receipt of prizes. Please be patient with them as they are all busy, and follow them if you would like them to contact you via DM.
Thank you for helping make rejection an easier part of this tough business. We’re so grateful for all of you who participated in Pitch Wars this year!