Pitch Wars: 2nd Round Revisions, Instagram, and Preparing for the Showcase


Previous Posts:

Pitch Wars: The Long Journey, Part I (my entire journey leading to Pitch Wars).

Pitch Wars: The Long Journey, Part II (specific to Pitch Wars)

On Mentorship:

Unagented Writing Mentorship Programs Google Doc

So, You Want to Enter a Mentorship, Part I: The Programs

A brief reminder… This is just MY journey, and other mentee experiences may vary. I do not speak for every mentee, mentor, Pitch Wars, or their board. If you have no idea what Pitch Wars is, I just you check out one of my previous posts. A basic recap of those posts is that I was chosen by Laura E. Weymouth as her Pitch Wars 2021 Mentee and in November 2021, was waiting for my edit letter.

2nd Round Revisions

I’ve never been the type to like feedback. I can take it and respond to it, but just the anticipation of waiting makes me want to snuggle up in the biggest hoodie possible and zip it tight. Even if I know it’s going to be positive or the feedback isn’t writing related, I’m like this. I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and gradually look at it. I’m so convinced it’s going to be bad and terrible I have to mentally prepare myself in advance.

As expected, Laura had nothing but positive feedback. The problems she identified had mostly been fixed and her few suggestions I completely agreed with. I got through them in no time at all and sent the latest version off, waiting for the next round of feedback so I could complete my next pass. Compared to my first round revisions, the second was a breeze.

But I didn’t do nothing while waiting.

Instagram Takeover

Part of being a Pitch Wars mentee is the chance to do an Instagram takeover of PW’s Instagram for a Day in the Life (DitL). You are not required to do a DitL, but it is a fun thing to do, getting to learn more about your fellow mentees and sharing your MS with others. I started an Instagram account when I started my Twitter one. At the time I was new to both so figured I’d get to know Twitter first, but never got around to really doing Instagram. Therefore I decided that the DitL would be the perfect time to push me out of my comfort zone and try it.

And I’m glad I did. Mine occurred in January which has been archived here, allowing me time to observe other mentees and figure out what I’d like to share. It also gave me time to prepare posts in Canva. I will admit it actually took me several days of looking at posts before realizing I had to click the rainbow circle to see the DitL posts. It wasn’t until the day of did I realize I couldn’t post DitL content from my computer, but actually had to download the app on my phone. The other hiccup was when I went to go save it, I accidentally archived it which made me panic, thinking I’d deleted everything. But I got it all worked out eventually. You can view it right here: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17958783367560523/ along with my post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CYbihUerboo/.

Like I said, I’m glad I did it. It was exhausting keeping up with all the posts and comments on my breaks and lunch hour, but it did force me to try something different and connect with people who I might miss out on because I prefer Twitter and they prefer Instagram. For now I’ll stick to an occasional post, but I do recommend either going through and reading all the DitL (because there are some great ones) or giving the DitL a try yourself should you be a PW mentee in the future.

Showcase Materials

In January I was not only busy with revisions, but also my showcase materials which were due at the end of the month. A mentee has 300 words to write a pitch for their MS and provide an excerpt from the first hundred words. A pitch can be 30 words with the excerpt then being the first 260 words. A pitch can also be 120 words with the excerpt being the first 130 words. All that matters is that together they are less than 300. Here’s last year’s showcase if you want to see some examples: https://showcase.pitchwars.org/.

Depending on your age group, genre, plot, you might prefer one to the other. General consensus is that sci-fi and fantasy typically requires more detail than say, a rom-com. Same goes for whether or not you add comps which aren’t required and up to the mentee.

Other than some tweaking, I was pretty confident in my excerpt. My first chapter does a get job setting up the world, Liddy’s place in it, while dropping hints of the bigger stakes and there was a natural spot for me to end at near the beginning. It was the pitch that gave me issue. I’m not the best with pitches to begin with and it always seemed so impossible with my current MS. But I managed to write about nine different ones with varying similarities that Laura condensed into one. A few more tweaks by me and my fellow mentees (who are awesome at creating pitches and giving advice, so keep an eye on the showcase).

Besides the showcase I worked on my query and synopsis. They were mostly in decent shape but with a new first half they needed to be tweaked, plus a new line for my bio– Pitch Wars 2021 mentee. Like my pitch, Laura was able to give good feedback for both.

Conclusion

Compared to December, January was much milder. I still accomplished a lot, but it wasn’t as stressful. Thankfully there was no family health issues, vast sections of complete rewrites, or bouts with Imposter Syndrome.

Next: final revisions and creating an agent querying list

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