Aside from an amazon project I was invited to take part in and an AWFUL query, I had NEVER put my MS out into the big bad world before. Partly because I was scared, partly because I treasured it so much that I would become all growly at the thought of putting it up on the web – mine, back off! Which is stupid because I wrote it for others to enjoy.
True, I have parted with it to Beta readers and some people I consider genuine and trustworthy, so what was the reason for the sudden leap? Pitch Wars. < Notice the full stop. The whole idea of Pitch Wars sounded fun and I like fun, who doesn’t? So, I packed my baby a lunch box and sent it on its way. I have a creeping suspicion that it failed to reach its final destination but honestly, at this stage, that’s beside the point. There is much more to be gained from pitch wars than a mentor. True, it is the end result everyone hopes for but not everyone can be picked. So stay cool preppy, it does not mean you suck. And here’s why.
If you have walked away from pitch wars without at least an influx of amazing followers, you are doing it wrong. Pitch Wars 2014 became an amazing community of sorrow, support and big love. When email inboxes had nothing other than tumbleweeds and the occasional offer of an enlargement of some sort, the class of 2014 stepped up. Tissues to slime upon were snatched from outstretched arms, hugs were given and of course, there was always someone super positive standing by to bark ‘It’s not over yet!’ Men and Women (mostly women, which is good since @Thirtynerdy threatened to throw one of them overboard – okay not so much, but there was a definite threat that he would be left behind), as I was saying – Men and Women gathered together to provide a shoulder, a joke and an occasional funny video or tweet to keep hope alive. More importantly, friendships were forged, manuscripts changed hands and new critique partnerships were made. Best of all, it’s not over yet!!!
One of my favorite parts of Pitch Wars was WWW – Whiskey, Wine and Writing – the live chats from Tiffany and Natasha, where several mentors stopped by to answer questions and provide advice. If you didn’t watch it, you really should have. It’s on again tomorrow night, the time is usually announced in the Pitch Wars feed, so check it out.
There was also writeoncon – for me that was hugely helpful. My query thread was pretty funny, I am really bad at queries, having only ever written one. Luckily, an abundance of people dropped by to help.
Personally, I have gained many things from the Pitch Wars experience. From new friends, new CP’s and a fun opportunity as Sharon Johnston’s blog assistant I can safely say that Pitch Wars was a roaring success.
Thank you to everyone, mentee and mentor, that made the past few weeks so much fun. And a super huge thank you to Brenda Drake, the brains behind Pitch Wars. I enjoyed every minute of it. To the class of 2014 – I salute you.