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I was one of the fortunate folks chosen to participate in PitchWars 2015, the well-known contest hosted by the lovely Brenda Drake. Through the contest I met awesome writerly friends and my amazing, insightful mentor, Elly Blake, and her enthusiasm for my project carried me through one of the lower points on my writing rollercoaster. She helped me polish my project, cheered me on, and continues to do so today! (If you write MG you should DEFINITELY sub to her!!) I don’t have the time to dedicate to mentoring for the 2016 contest, but I still want to pay it forward and help out a handful of PitchWars hopefuls this year!

I currently intern for an awesome literary agent – reading her query slush, assessing manuscripts for potential representation, helping prepare client manuscripts for submission, and providing insight on revise and resubmits as well. I’m a regular critique partner for a number of agented writers and even some of the 2016 PitchWars mentors. I’m also a member of The Winged Pen, a fantastic group of writers at various stages on the journey. As a group we provide regular feedback giveaways and writing advice, which you should definitely check out. All this to say, your work will be safe with me. I’d love to help you hone and polish your query and opening to help improve your chances of being chosen for this amazing contest. I mean, did you see that 2016 agent list? Wowsa!

To be considered, please comment on this post with the genre and category of your project (ex YA Contemp), a quick sentence about your premise (nothin’ fancy here, just curious!), your name, and your Twitter handle/email, and I’ll choose 5 of those who comment for a query and first 10 page critique. The comment window will close at 5pm EST tonight (6/24). I’m looking forward to reading your work!

There has been a frenzy of pitch contest activity this past week on Twitter, in case you weren’t already aware. I entered two – WriteonCon and PitchMadness. The first, a contest to get your query critiqued by a real-live agent, just went live today. Of course, the agent who’s been assigned to my group has yet to start reviewing pitches. But, I’m cool wit’ it. Wanna know why? Because I made it through the first round of the other contest! Brenda Drake’s PitchMadness! There were 400+ entries and only 125ish made it through to the second round. Normally, I don’t toot my own horn, but I’ve been working so dang hard on this manuscript, since 2010 (horrible, I know…but I’ve added children to my harum and have moved twice, once across the country). And this is the first recognition I’ve gotten. And dang it, it feels good. Now, back to nail-biting until March 26 or so. That’s when the next round of cuts happens…