Knowledge for Pitch Wars Newbies

Pitch Wars can be a really stressful time for aspiring authors, especially if you trying to navigate your way through the hashtags: #PitchWars #AskMentor and a whole host of others that I can’t keep up with!

Here are some tips to help those of you who are trying to make sense of everything:

  1. Follow Brenda Drake on her blog,  Twitter and Facebook: Pitch Wars is Brenda’s brain-child and she will be releasing information first… including this all important post.
  2. Check out the #PitchWars and #AskMentor hashtag on Twitter, and interact with both mentors and other aspiring mentees.
  3. Have a real talk with yourself to determine if you’re manuscript is ready. Often, writers are impatient (I know I am), and let loose their MS before it’s too ready. ON the other hand, some writers polish their work too much.
  4. Play nice with others. This is a great community, and you could make life-long CPs and friends from the process.
  5. Don’t try to force a square peg into a round hole. Make sure your MS matches the types of novels accepted, and do your research when the mentor wish-list blog hop comes out. Don’t waste your entry on mentors who aren’t in your category or don’t want your genre.
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but make sure you’re question hasn’t already been answered in the mentor’s bio/wish-list. In other words, don’t twitter pitch the mentors. It gets awkward.
  7. If you want to sub to more mentors you can through a donation, which is used for administration costs not mentors. Find out more here.

If you have any additional questions you can hit me up on Twitter, or ask questions in the comments.

Stacey Nash and I are comentoring this year, and we look forward to seeing your YA entries.

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Sharon M. Johnston is a YA and NA author from sunny Queensland who occasionally has pink hair. She loves listening to audiobooks, and has a text to voice app so she can listen to Pitch Wars entries.

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