First of all, for those of you who don’t get selected: DON’T PANIC.

Pitch Wars is great—don’t get me wrong—but getting accepted doesn’t make or break your manuscript. If you don’t get in this year, that doesn’t mean your querying journey will end the same way. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer, or that your story is broken, or that you should just give up.

It means you didn’t get in. That’s it. Brush yourself off and keep going.

You’ll get there. I promise. Continue reading “DEAR 2015 PITCH WARS MENTEES”

Pitch Wars Blog Hop: “Why did you write your Pitch Wars novel?”

When I was in Kindergarten, I was so shy I didn’t speak to people.

No, really. This was a “social problem” problematic enough to warrant holding me back a grade—putting me instead in a “special” class for socially underdeveloped kids. Even then, I refused to speak. Why? It’s simple: I didn’t want to talk to anybody. The end. Continue reading “Pitch Wars Blog Hop: “Why did you write your Pitch Wars novel?””