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Pitch Wars 2017 Q&A

I have edits due and start a new job next week and have Pitch Wars submission. So logically I’m writing a blog post. Here are some things I’m seeing asked frequently this year along with my answers.

You list word counts that you’d like to see for different genres. I’m a little over/under your preferred number. Is that okay?
Yes. We’re going to take a look at it if it’s within reason. If you’re a few thousand short and we love the book, we’d definitely take that on and work with you to add more to it. If it’s long but you earn every word, then we’d take that on, too. We requested last year on a fantasy that came in at 135K. We ultimately didn’t pick it, but it was in the running.

Some mentors are very present on twitter. Some aren’t. How much credence should I give that in my decision making?
I don’t know. How important is it to you that your mentor be on twitter a lot? It has absolutely zero to do with their ability to help you with your book, but if you’re in it for the long GIF exchange threads, then go ahead and factor it in (and if that’s you, I’m not throwing shade. You do you.)

How much does my presence on social media influence your decision to pick me as a mentee?
For Dan and I, it doesn’t matter at all. I suppose we’d make an exception if you ran a murder for hire ring using your own name on a public website. But that would speak more to your lack of judgment than your social media presence, I think.

I subbed to you last year/received a critique from you/have interacted with you on social media. How much does that mean?
It is irrelevant. I interact with a LOT of people. I do a LOT of critiques. It’s fun and I’m pretty good at it. We had 141 submissions last year. It happens. Now if you sent it to us this year and it’s the same book, then you know…there’s probably a reason we didn’t request it last year, and we’re probably not going to change our mind. But if it’s a new book, or a seriously revised book, have at it. Most of the things we turned down last year were a judgment on writing quality. The ones that we ruled out on premise, we’ve changed our wish list this year to reflect that.

You followed me back on twitter. Or alternately, you didn’t follow me back. What does that mean?
It means I make a lot of very spur of the moment, random twitter decisions. Maybe I saw something in your profile that interested me (if you’re a writer and a veteran, for example, there’s a pretty good chance I hit follow back.) Also I’ve been travelling. So I haven’t spent a whole lot of time looking at what’s happening. At some point when life slows down I’ll go through my new followers and follow some back. I tend to follow people who interact with me, so that’s a factor as well.

I have other questions. Where can I get answers?
Dan and I did an AMA (ask me anything) thread on the Pitch Wars forums. Ask us anything HERE.
I did several FAQ posts last year. Most of it still holds true. You can find them HERE, HERE, and HERE. And yes, I put part 2 as the first link and part 1 as the second link, and I was too lazy to fix it. Sorry. Off to edit!

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