Pitch Wars announced their Mentor Picks Tuesday night. If you don't know about Pitch Wars, you're probably not a writer. If you are a writer and you're still lost, then you're missing out. Essentially, every year the phenomenal Brenda Drake unites an army of published and/or agented authors, editors, and industry interns to select a writer each to mentor. The mentors read a ton of manuscripts. Some fight over who gets to mentor who, thus the title "Pitch Wars." This year, there were 1,591 submissions. From these, 125 mentees were chosen. Once it's all decided, the mentors then offer the mentees ideas on how to strengthen character development, fill in plot holes, work on sentence fluidity, and so on.
Why is this so amazing? Well, these mentors are volunteering the next two months to help those who are not yet published or agented. In my mind, that makes them angels! With their help, pages and pitches will be polished and presented to the Pitch Wars Participating Agents.
Why is this contest so close to my heart? Well, one, I'm a writer. And, two, my wife Priscilla was chosen to be a mentee by the extraordinary Rebecca Petruck. Wish them—and all who have been chosen—the best of luck for, now through November 3rd, they'll be putting in some astoundingly chaotic hours.
Below I've posted links to the middle-grade mentors' blogs. I would have included all the mentors, but putting this list together took far longer than expected. Since middle grade is what my wife submitted, these mentors are foremost on my mind. Give them your love!!!
2015 Pitch Wars Middle-Grade Mentors:
Be at peace and keep writing. You can only get better.
~ CR Guardian