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Pitch Wars Mentor Blog Hop

Wednesday, 5 August 2015  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

Painball team in action. Woman team win, sunny day locationWelcome to the mentors’ wishlist blog hop! From today until submission day, use the linky below to hop to all the mentors’ websites/blogs to read their bios, wishlists, and what categories and genres they want to mentor. At the end of this post, you will find the rules and submission guidelines for August 17.

For those unfamiliar with Pitch Wars, it’s a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine. The mentee then revises their manuscript for two months under the guidance of their mentor. The mentor also critiques his/her writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. To do this, the mentors read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor and  to get ready for the agent round on November 3-5. We’re still waiting on agents to respond to our invite, but until our list is final, go here for a sneak peek of the agents who will be requesting in the agent round.


We’re holding an “Ask the Mentors” event on the Twitter hashtag, #AskMentor and on #PitchWars, August 10 from 12:01AM to 11:59PM EDT. Stop by and ask mentors questions as you see them join the hashtag.

Some our Pitch Wars mentors will be chatting live with the Whiskey, Wine, & Writing gang at 8PM EDT. Make sure to watch and get to know the mentors. Follow the #Pitchwars and #WWWriting tags to ask questions for the mentors. Here’s the schedule:

  • Tuesday 8/4 & 8/11 – Middle Grade Mentors
  • Wednesday 8/5 & 8/12 – YA Mentors
  • Thursday 8/6 & 8/13- YA/NA & NA/A Mentors
  • Friday 8/7 – Adult Mentors
  • Friday 8/14 – A mix of mentors who couldn’t make previous shows.

There will be prizes for the team with the most requests.  Each team member will receive a $75 gift certificate good towards services from our sponsor.

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Surprise!! Instead of 4 applications like prior years, we’re giving you 5, yes that’s mentors to submit to.

Note: Co-mentor teams count as one application.

You will notice in the linky below the mentors are not separated in categories, so you will have to do your homework, much like with an agent search, to find the right mentors for you. Use this opportunity to get to know fellow writers, some a little further in the publishing journey than you, because making connections can bring new friendships, new favorite authors, or new advocates for your work. Happy hunting!

Please be respectful to our mentors. Ask brief questions, but do not ask for feedback or for them to go to links to read stuff.

And here are your mentors…

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Submission Guidelines …

Submission day is August 17 for 24 hours starting at 12:01AM EDT (NY time)  and ending at 11:59PM EDT (basically, midnight to midnight).

There are no alternates this year. The mentor will pick only a mentee to work with from September 2 through October 31. To make up for omitting alternates this year we’ve added more mentors. There are 100 mentors! (The linky says more, but that’s because some mentors have co-mentors this year and have chosen to add their bios to list.}

An easy submission form will go live at midnight (EDT – New York time) August 17 and remain open for 24 hours. What will you need to enter in the form? Your top five (max – you don’t have to pick 5, but you are limited to 5) mentors, your email address, title of the manuscript, category and genre, your query letter, and the first chapter of your completed manuscript (Word .doc or .docx format).  The sample chapter should be manuscript formatted pages (12pt, double-spaced). All of this will be fill-in-the-blank on the form, except for the chapter, which will need to be uploaded.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Pitch Wars is for unagented writers with never-before-published manuscripts.
  • Only Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, or Adult manuscripts will be accepted.
  • This is open to completed, novel-length, fiction manuscripts only.
  • You may only enter one manuscript.
  • Only the genres requested by each mentor will be considered for the contest.
  • Writers can apply to 5 mentors max.
  • Mentors can only consider the categories they’ve signed up for. (The mentors’ categories – MG, YA, NA, or Adult – are set.)
  • Writers cannot apply for a mentor that is not in their category or the application will be deleted.
  • No nonfiction, picture books, chapter books, or previously published works.

If you were a mentee in Pitch Wars 2014 you may not enter Pitch Wars 2015. If you were a mentee in 2012-2013, you may enter with a new manuscript. If you were an alternate in any of the previous Pitch Wars, you may enter the same or a new manuscript for Pitch Wars 2015.

Please do not submit to your critique partners or close friends. It just gets awkward, and you don’t want to put them in that situation. There are plenty of other mentors to submit to.

WARNING: Just like an agent, mentors may request more pages or a synopsis of your manuscript to help them make their final decision, so get them ready!

!!!! If you make it into Pitch Wars, you may not enter any contests or query after September 2 and during the mentoring period and until after the agent round, which is November 3-5. If you made it into the Pitch to Publication editing round, you can not enter Pitch Wars because they run at the same time. You can enter Adventures in Children’s Publishing  and Miss Snark’s First Victim contests. When in doubt about a contest, please ask.

For those who do not make it into Pitch Wars (and those who want to join in), we’ll hold a Twitter Pitch Party on #PitMad September 10 from 8AM to 8PM EST. If you make it into Pitch Wars, you may not pitch in #PitMad.

Please note: Being kind to one another is mandatory in this contest. Should I find someone isn’t being kind and respecting others, I will remove you from the contest. Also, if you are difficult with your mentor or if you aren’t working well as a team or if you don’t take any of your mentor’s advice, your mentor will have the option to opt out of being your mentor. Remember your mentor has other obligations like deadlines, book promotions, and family life, please be mindful of their time. They are only required to read your manuscript once and give an edit letter. They aren’t required to do line edits. Our mentors are very generous with their time, so please be patient. We’ve had close to 40+ successes from last year’s Pitch Wars with 8 going on to to make book deals, and that was in the last 9 months. It’s because of our mentors and the care they take with their mentees that it’s been such a great success.

The best way to say thank you to our mentors is to buy their books. You can find all the Pitch Wars mentors’ books in the sidebar of my blog.

We hope to see you August 17 for submission day!


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