What I learned from PitchWars

September 2, 2015

So the madness that has been PitchWars is now over and the 2015 Mentees have been chosen. Congrats to all who made it and good luck in the future. I hope you do well in the agent round later.

It wasn’t a surprise to me that I didn’t get picked, and it’s not that big of a deal for me either. I didn’t see Pitch Wars as a competition where only the best ones won, I saw it as an opportunity and a way to get my foot into the writing community. Being so new to this thing and living so far away from other writers it’s sometimes hard to find friends and people to talk to, but Pitch Wars really made this a lot easier for me.

During the time we all waited eagerly to find out who the mentors was going to pick, many of them used the #PitchWars twitter hashtag to give us hints and tips. And many of these tips I knew and some were new and great. Unfortunately I don’t have the memory to remember them all and write them down right here though.

A few things I already knew, but things that I still feel is important to remember is this:

  • If you don’t even try, you will probably not succeed wither.
  • Contests like this are subjective and the out come is solely based on one persons opinion.
  • Even Best Selling authors have faced many rejections and may have written several novels before getting “the one”.
  • Not being chosen doesn’t mean you’re not good.
  • Don’t give up. Being rejected isn’t the end of the world.

My biggest hurdle when it came to my Pitch Wars submission was time. In the end the lack of time I had to prepare ended me with a manuscript that wasn’t completely done, it was rushed. If I am going to be completely honest, I know I shouldn’t have submitted to Pitch Wars at all this year, but I couldn’t help myself. It was still worth a shot, wasn’t it?

Pitch Wars submissions was set on August 16-17 and if you have read this blog previously you know that I participated in CampNaNo in July and stet out to write my novel then, but I didn’t finish the first draft of Purebred until the beginning of August. Then I took a week to get my head cleared from the story before I’d get back and revise the manuscript (which at the time was only 48k words). On the 13th of August I found Brenda Drake and Pitch Wars. But I only had a first draft to submit so I did what one probably shouldn’t do; I sat for four days and edited my novel and added stuff to it until I had 60k words. Then I edited it again and again and again until I was rather satisfied with the outcome. Then I submitted my manuscript and wrote the query on the go in the submitting form on the web. So it was rushed and probably far from the state it should have been, which sort of also went a little bit against what I wanted to do.

But for me it was still worth it, and even with this manuscript the fact that I submitted at least gave me a chance to be the one to get invaluable feedback and help to revise. Had I not even tried I’d still be where I am right now, minus the friends and fun I had these two weeks.

Now, I’m taking a much needed break from Purebred to focus on my last round of revisions for Hunted. Then I’ll have to decide what route to take in terms of publishing onces Hunted is completed, and after that I’m back to Purebred again to make it into the manuscript I know it can be.

Oh, and during my time in Pitch Wars, I also learned one more thing. How to do this:

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Caricature of myself

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