I’ve been having a lot of fun with Pitch Wars, despite the fierce competition and sometimes high anxiety. And I’ve met a lot of great people.
Well, I was looking over the blog and realized it had been quite some time since I last did some scribbles. And since I didn’t feel like figuring out another things I love post, I decided comics it is.
I’ve had a lot of interesting and entertaining conversations during Pitch Wars from some very interesting and entertaining people. So now, you’ll see the tweet that inspired it and some of the people involved, plus a sprinkle of my imagination. May I present to you:
Pitch Wars, A History – The 2012 Edition!
First off a big thanks to Brenda Drake for creating this whole event in the first place and making it oodles of fun. You should check out her blog. I always wondered if Pitch Wars grew into something larger than she expected. So I drew this, imagining if submissions were fun-colored coffee mugs. First the tweet.
And now the comic.
Well, Brenda, at least if submissions were coffee mugs, you’d never run out of mugs while you and the other mentors read submissions. Thanks again for making Pitch Wars possible.
Next up, poor Miss Dahlia, brace yourself. The tweet that inspired it:
And the comic.
Okay people, for Dahlia’s health and the health of every person who might ever read a query letter, keep it under 150,000 words. In fact, it’s probably better to keep it less than 100,000 in most cases.
We all know Marieke loves Doctor Who—in fact, love might not be a strong enough word. How can we say superlove? I know in Japanese we could just say だいすきだいすき！But anyways, the tweet.
I’ve heard Marieke is also responsible for a lot of getting Pitch Wars together. Thanks for all your efforts Marieke. And watch out for ninjas…
Heidi shared a photo with us of her mullet days. If you were a kid in the ’80s I don’t know if you could really escape mullet hair. Anyways, that sparked a whole slew of tweeting, involving FizzyGrrl, Ramon, and several others. And yeah, I’m fairly certain, Heidi, that we could have been twinners with that shirt.
Make sure you check out Heidi’s post to see the original picture in all its mullet awesomeness.
Ramon, I don’t know what you look like and, well, since you used Goofy as an avatar, there you are. I know parachute pants were more early ’90s, but Ramon seems like a guy ahead of his time anyway. FizzyGrrl, would you have worn moon boots? I’m picturing you as the type that might still be wearing moon boots. Also I just wanted to point out my happening bangs. I remember a couple friends of mine could get theirs 6 inches high. It was an impressive display of hair product.
G’ah! Watch out!
Anyway, I know tension is high, especially now that submissions are closed. There’s a lot of people who’ve submitted, and while we all struggle to calculate our odds and wonder, remember to take a deep breath and tell yourself it’s all going to be okay. And don’t take the poor mentors’ words for more than they mean.
All right Pitch Wars peeps. Back to polishing our manuscripts, queries, and perhaps even working on second books in the series while we wait. No matter what happens, I hope we can all agree it’s been a fun ride so far and from what I’ve seen on Twitter, most of us have learned a lot. I have a much better query than I did and I got my novel to a much better place. That’s winning already right there. Yes, we all desperately want mentors, but for those of us who walk away without one, there are plenty of other opportunities out there and now we’re better prepared for them.
So let’s talk. How has your Pitch Wars experience been? What have you learned? Have you met any fantastic people? Any advice you would give to those who didn’t get a chance to enter Pitch Wars? Any advice you’d give to authors who are looking to enter other contests? Please let us all know in the comments below.
And because I feel like we need it one more time.