About two or three weeks ago, I came across something called #PitchWars, a multi-part writing contest. First, you submit your query letter and the first 5 pages of your novel to a “mentor” (generally a newly published or aspiring to be published writer). Second, the mentors each pick one person and work on polishing that person’s 3 sentence pitch and the first 250 words of their novel. Finally, toward the end of January, the pitches go live on Brenda Drake’s blog for a bunch of agents to
request fight over.
I entered Pomegranate Seeds but wasn’t sure what to expect. A huge chunk of the mentors were looking for kid lit; the ones that were looking for Adult didn’t seem as interested in women’s fic. I was cautiously ecstatic when one of the mentors asked me to send her the first fifty pages. I was floored to see my name on the page announcing the teams.
The mentor who picked me is Suzanne Palmieri, a new writer whose first books will come out next year. We emailed back and forth a bit, I checked out her blog and twitter feed, she probably checked out mine, and I agreed to work with her. From what she wrote yesterday, it sounds like she’s already got some ideas for revisions.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, I could really use some good, honest feedback on what does and doesn’t work in the story. On the other… this is my baby! The novel I spent six years writing. The first novel I finished. And while I want people to like my baby as she is, the writer in me wants this to be the best book possible.
The next few weeks are going to be very, very interesting.