*stands to attention* Sgt. Dar reporting for debriefing, SIR!
(…Or would I be a Private First Class? Maybe a Specialist? …I’m not sure if Sergeant is the appropriate ranking for me on this blog. I don’t do nearly enough work and- blog post? What blog post? Oh. Blog post. Right.)
“We’re extremely excited to announce an upcoming event where agented authors, industry interns, and editors team up with aspiring writers to shine up their manuscripts and pitches to present to some awesome agents.Here’s the deets…· The teams will consist of 1 agented author or industry intern or editor (coaches) and 1 aspiring author.· November 26: The coaches (listed on the linky below) will post on their blogs what genre/category they want to coach. They’ll be very specific genres. Aspiring writers will hop around and decide which coaches best fit their manuscripts.· December 5: Aspiring writers will submit 3 “applications” to their top choices for coaches to the contest email (firstname.lastname@example.org) during the allotted times (8AM to 8PM EST). That means, participants will send three separate emails to the contest email addressing each with one of their three top choices for coach…”
There’s more! Read full details on Brenda Drake’s blog post.
With the popularity of second-gen talent shows like The Voice and X Factor (feel like I must mention more than one, even though Xtina tops crazy-phace Brit Brit, sorry) it’s easy to see where the inspiration for this awesome event came from and the wild success in its future. Or the wild success I’m hoping it has and helping it out by spreading the word. I know so many talented, hard-working writers (cough cough great minds cough cough) who are still unagented.
While there are many great YA authors involved, the event is open to all ages and all genres. The announcement for what mentors are looking for is happening on November 26th, but they’ve been giving hints on the #pitchwars hashtag. Stalking the hashtag is the best way to get up to date information and meet all the cool peeps involved.
[Warning: Dar’s Soapbox Alert] For those reluctant to get involved with the writer community on Twitter… Need any more convincing than this event? Twitter is an amazing tool for writers, breaking down barriers and new ground in strides. Everyone needs to find what works for them, but I’m a fan of Twitter and its versatility.
Entering also gives you a chance to interact with new writers outside of your usual circle. Writers who know people who know more people who know even more people. In this industry (and this applies outside of publishing as well) networking is crucial to a successful, healthy career.
By saying that, I do not mean using people for all you can get. When I meet someone and develop a relationship with them, when we are like-minded and get along really well, I want to help them and put resources in their hands to help them succeed. This attitude, hopefully, doesn’t end with personal success.
“My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.’
‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.” – Jane Austen, Persuasion
Quoting Jane Austen was totally necessary. Totes. [/end Dar’s Soapbox]
For easy stalking, I mean, following on the #PitchWars updates, check out the hashtag or subscribe to my handy Twitter list of all the #PitchWars mentors.