I promised to announce the winners of my little pre-Pitch Wars contest today. I’m a man of my word.
Without further adieu, the runners up are (in no particular order)…
- DOORS, by Kathleen Palm
- A HOUSE FALLEN, by Christopher J. Pearson
- PHOENIX RISING, by Martha Mayberry
And the grand prize winner is…JAGUAR, by Carl Hackman! Carl’s query hit all the right notes and was, for the most part, spot on. Congrats!
I’d like to thank everyone who shared their query letters with a complete stranger over the internet. That takes guts. Believe it or not, I did the same thing a few years ago. The lovely author who helped me was none other than Heather L. Reid, author of PRETTY DARK NOTHING. My query letter wouldn’t have been as sharp without her guidance. Hopefully I can help half as much. Thanks, Heather!
Don’t worry if you weren’t a “winner.” Since only nine brave souls entered, I decided to give everyone a query critique! Call me the Oprah of query crits. You get a query crit. You get a query crit. And you get a query crit. We all get query crits!
A friend of mine recently penned a post titled, The Secret To Getting An Agent & Getting Your Work Published. She made many great points and I agree with much of what she had to say. Breaking into the traditional publishing world is tough. It’s far better to have realistic expectations like Jolene suggests. I would recommend every up and coming writer check it out. Here’s the link: http://penandmuse.com/secret-to-getting-an-agent/
Thanks to everyone who entered. I’ll be contacting everyone soon, as in no later than a week (probably sooner). Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get back to your queries. And best of luck to everyone entering Pitch Wars.