If you read my Pitch Wars Bio, this contest has been on my radar for over a year, probably longer. If you are not familiar with Pitch Wars, you can find more info here. To sum it up, it is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer to mentor by critiquing their entire manuscript over the course of two months. At the end of the two months, there’s an agent round with over 40 amazing agents read pitches by the mentor/mentee teams and request more material if they like what they see!!
After the submission window closed, around 1600 awesome writers threw their query and first chapters into the mix. I believe that’s over 200 more entrants than Pitch Wars 2014!! So a lot of people and the seed of doubt was planted the moment I saw the number scrolling in Twitter.
But I didn’t let that get me down. I set out to meet other writers, gain connections, and I met a handful of talented CPs. A lot of my time during the two weeks we waited with bated breath while the mentors decided who they wanted to pick, I spent critiquing work. WOW, I just have to say WOW! The girls who jumped on my offer to swap our work, the first few chapters I critiqued for each one of them were really good. I saw first hand what the mentors were diving into. I’m glad I didn’t to have to choose one! I also signed up for a Spec-fic critique group, which is full steam head as we speak.
The final week before the announcement, I lived in the #PitchWars twitter feed. I watched for the cryptic hints and clues that the mentors I submitted to were dishing out randomly throughout the day. None of the hints were helpful….
To stay positive, I tweeted crazy gifs, we, the mentee hopefuls had dance parties…
Played the #vaguementortweet game, tweeted our favorite movies…
and even had a movie night where we had a live tweet event while we all watched The Princess Bride.
We had a blast while we waited for the announcement!!
By the end of the week, I was content with the friends I had made, the CPs I had lined up to work with, and even had my pitches ready to go for #PitMad. I had a plan for after the announcement, and I was going to tackle it with a smile on my face if I wasn’t chosen.
The night of the mentor live chat where Brenda Drake, the creator of Pitch Wars, was going to announce a few surprises, I know I wasn’t the only one glued to my computer screen.
I was, however, most likely the only one stuffing her face with Ramen noodles because I didn’t have time to cook a decent meal before the live chat. And when Brenda released the announcement of the chosen mentees early, and I was on the list, I almost died of excitement!!
The fantastical Wendy Spinale picked me as her mentee! I was humbled to think someone believed in me and my story! Thank you Wendy, I won’t let you down!!!
Anyways, the day after the announcement, I was in denial (sometimes I still can’t believe it) but since then I’ve been smacked back to reality with the amount of edits I have to do with Wendy’s guidance to make The Atlantic Bond shiny and new for the agent round in November. Watch out world, Team DG4L (Disney Girls for Life) are coming!