WELCOME to the Pitch Wars family!!
It is no mean feat to beat the odds and rise to the top of so much talent. So for one night, squeal and dance and do pointy poses of victory.
For one night.
For the day after, reality will come knocking. So party while you can. But drink a lot of water and take a couple of aspirin before you hit the hay, because the hangover is going to crash your world.
Reality will come with a fairly painful blow to the ego in the form of an edit letter. Oh yes, that letter will drip with professions of love. And you’ll suck up those professions like a life line to your sanity. I mean, you were warned many times that Pitch Wars was serious business, but nobody warned you you’d have to move your MS from first person to third. Or kill precious darlings. Or, for the love of GOD, write a scene map.
But you’re in luck. Some 100 other mentees are in your exact same shoes. They’re freaking out. They’re wondering why they haven’t gotten their edit letter yet. They’re wondering why they’re the only ones who have to learn about a beat sheet. They’re wondering why they feel so alone. You don’t have to feel so alone. This is a magic time for you and your own Pitch Wars super group. Band together. Talk. Share. Trust one another. And support each other. Amazing things will come from your group. Be a part of that.
Look around at your fellow mentees. Some of you may be agented by February. Some of you may have a book deal within a year. It might be you. You guys will be your greatest cheerleaders. You will inspire each other and lift each other up. Step up and make friends. Take it from the Pitch Wars alum. This is our anthem – community is where it’s at.
But let’s come back to what happens now. Take a deep breath. This can be a very overwhelming time, what with all the public craziness on the #PitchWars feed and the frenzy of emails and congratulations. All that noise will suddenly drop off, and you will be left with a stretch of time to work. Take this time to honor your manuscript. It seems like forever until the agent round. Use that time wisely. Listen to your mentor. Talk to your mentor. Finalize a plan that makes sense to you. Then carve out the time to write.
Now – you might be looking ahead to the agent round and thinking that’s what this contest is really about. Have you heard anything anyone has said? Have you read the other mentee blogs? Yeah, this is about getting your MS agent ready. But there’s a real possibility your agent won’t come from this contest. There’s a very real possibility you won’t even get any requests. Or you might get all the requests and no offers. And you’ll think you were a fluke. Or that your mentor made a mistake. Or that there’s something inherently wrong with your writing. But it’s all just luck and timing. Manage your expectations now. Getting into Pitch Wars proves that you’re on the right track. But the right track might be leading you somewhere unexpected.
And whenever you’re in doubt, talk to your mentor. They are rooting for you to succeed and will happily give you a psychic hug whenever you hit a wall of insecurity. You’re awesome, and your mentor is your biggest fan.
Oh and one last thing. All of the former Pitch Wars mentees are so jealous of you. You’re in for the best time of your writing career. Have fun!
7 thoughts on “Dear PitchWars Mentees”
Thank you for writing this. For sharing your experience so openly and for trying to prepare the new mentees for what lies ahead. There’s excellent advice in here for all writers.
Thanks! Glad you liked it!
What a fantastic post!! I remember ALL these feelings! And you couldn’t be more right: community is where it’s at!! It’s the absolute best part of this amazing journey! (-: Yay!!! Go 2015 PitchWars! xo Mel
You have me rolling on the floor laughing and leaping to jump into another hug *just can’t get enough* ^_^ For whatever lies ahead, thanks for sharing the feels and advice!
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