I saw so many glorious pitches come through my own inbox for Pitch Wars, as well as other mentors’, that it made me really sad that only a small percentage were going to make the final cut.
Then a new opportunity arose for me to scout through the entries for two independent publishers. I’ve received a wish list, which includes YA and NA pitches.
How I’m doing it to protect the authors:
Because the decision to query an independent publisher is a very personal one I am not passing on the queries. Instead I am creating a micro pitch that identifies the genre, a one sentence pitch and then adding any personal thoughts on the query. This way the author, the MS name and the main premise are kept private in case the author isn’t interested in those publishers.
The editors will let me know if they’re interested in seeing any of these pitches in query form. I will then contact the author letting them know that an editor is interested in seeing their query and that they can reference the Pitch Wars Sekrit Project in their query.
It will be totally up to the author if they want to submit to the publisher, or if they want to hold out for an agent.
So, if you are a Pitch Warrior (a Pitch Wars participant) and you want me to look at your pitch for Sekrit Project consideration, please leave your name and MS title in the comments and I’ll make sure I hunt it out to look at it.
Also – let me know in the comments if you DO NOT want me to micro pitch your project (you want an agent first, you’re not interested in independent publishers).
Please note I won’t be putting it out there publicly who I micro-pitched to the editors and it’ll be up to the authors if they want to put anything out in the public area if they get an invitation to query.
The Sekrit Project is only for people who participated in Pitch Wars and did not get selected as a top pick or as an alternate.
I had so many amazing pitches come through my inbox. Each time one came through my inbox I oohhhed and ahhed. The pitches were so strong. My writers had amazing concepts. Lots of pitches thrown around on Twitter were awesome. But the submissions or the first five pages weren’t strong enough. The ones that caught my eye with their pitch and had intriguing five chapters scored a request of the first three chapters. This was when I worked out what really fitted me and what didn’t.
I ended up with Historicals, Retellings, Speculative Fiction and a contemporary amongst my favourites. I could only have one top pick and then two alternates (you WANT to be an alternate). And mine are:
Dark Moon by Crystal Collier. Pitched to me as “a YA genre blend of Brothers Grimm, Heroes, and Pride & Prejudice that we’ll call Historical Fantasy” I was spellbound from the start.
I’ll be working with Crystal to get her pitch and MS ready for the eagerly awaiting Pitch Wars agents.
Grand Scheme by Meagan Rivers. This is a haunting contemporary that deals with some deep issues, regret and guilt.
The Phoenix by Tiffany Johnson. A Speculative Fiction that drew me in with a killer pitch and an awesome opening line: This just in: There’s a dead boy at my window.
Both of these pitches will be pitched in an open call editor and agent contest that will run around the same time as Pitch Wars.
I’d like to also give special mentions:
Loving Lavender Girl. This was one of my favourites. I absolutely loved it. But I didn’t feel I was the right mentor for it. I read the words and was worried I had nothing to offer. So I pimped it out to Monica to have a look at and she ended up having it as her top pick.
Mad as a Hatter. Fiona and I were both fighting over this one on Twitter with some friendly rivalry. I was so happy when Fiona picked it as an alternate.
The Sovereign Place. I thought it deserved a mentor and put it in the up for grabs folder and it found a home too!
Now the Sekrit Project info will be out later this week, so stay tuned.
Are you ready for this? We have 16 incredible agents vying for our Pitch Wars team manuscripts. We’re so excited to see what pitches they fall in love with, and what teams will win the coveted Pitch Wars Most Requested Manuscript title.
And, in no particular order, here are the agents…
Louise is seeking teen Sci-Fi and Young Adult horror. She‘s also on the hunt for deep, dark contemporary YA and select Middle Grade fiction with a literary feel–it must be realistic and thought provoking and the characters must be authentic and original. Louise loves horror and romance, especially Regency and Victorian.
Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Jessica is seeking Literary, Women’s, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Fiction.
Natalie is looking for commercial fiction, with an emphasis in children’s literature (from picture book-teen), romance (contemporary, paranormal and historical), and upmarket women’s fiction. Specific likes include historical, multi-cultural, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, and middle grade with heart.
Pam represents young adult and middle grade children’s book authors, and adult romance authors.
Jordy is on the look out for Romance (contemporary, historical/Regency, and paranormal). YA contemporary/historical or dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy with romance elements. She‘s also open to YA GLBT within those genres. She’d love to see unique, well-developed plots featuring time travel, competitions, or travel.
Andrea‘s looking for the following categories: Fiction; literary, commercial, womens fiction, romance, thrillers, mystery, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, middle grade.
Jennifer is seeking Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Contemporary, Young Adult Literary, and Young Adult Historical.
Suzie represents adult and children’s fiction. In adult, she’s specifically looking for romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). In Childrens’ she loves YA (all subgenres) and is dying to find great Middle Grade projects (especially something akin to the recent movie SUPER 8).
Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc.
Michelle’s published one novel, The Footloose Killer, and edited several others for publishing houses and private clients. She also is a Script/Story consultant on an independent film in Halifax, NS, Canada, and enjoys working closely with writers to help them develop their voice and craft.
There’s just one more day to get your applications in for Pitch Wars. Make sure to check out this post here to get all the details.