As the 2017 Pitch Wars agent round approaches a number of mentees are getting contemplative, so I thought I'd join in ;~).
I think I didn't even hear about Pitch Wars until maybe 2016 (and paid no attention to it), and come this summer, I had contemplated subbing but wasn't sure if I should, even right up until I hit the send button. I guess I thought of it as unlikely to help me get an agent, which is all I really thought Pitch Wars was about. Even when I got in, I still thought of it as solely another approach to getting an agent. But after working with my mentor for a while and hanging out with the other mentees on our super-secret closed Facebook group, I realized all of a sudden that I had found my people! And rather than having to gather them in one by one on Twitter or whatever other social media platform (which, being a typical introverted writer, I suck at doing), I got them handed to me all at once in one location! So, as the agent round approaches and I anticipate getting zero requests (because most mentees think that's what's going to happen to them, or maybe they'll get a few, but get nowhere after that), I'm content with the knowledge that I've found an awesomely helpful group of fellow writers who will be there for me whenever I have a question, need some feedback, or need to vent. I'm really grateful for that, especially since just a few months ago I didn't even realize it was something that was missing from my writer life. So cheers to all my fellow 2017 Pitch Wars mentees and thanks for everything--I'm looking forward to our shared journey!
After a month or so of editing, I sent my Pitch Wars material off to Clarissa today for her to submit! The book is better than it was pre-Pitch Wars, but honestly, I'm not sure if that even matters since it's the pitch and the opening page that are seen during the agent round. Will I get any requests? Perhaps I'm just in the doldrums right now, but I'm betting no (the contest is heavily YA oriented, and while the thriller Baby Teeth did well last year I'm not sure how a "thriller with supernatural elements" will do). What remains to be seen is how well my new query performs, with a different approach than I had before and with that crucial little bio line--The Butterfly Tattoo was selected as a manuscript for the 2017 Pitch Wars contest. The showcase begins 11/1 and that'll be exciting. But perhaps not as exciting as 11/8 when I can send out all my new queries. But of course after that will come the waiting...