Well, today was announcement day for the Pitch Wars competition. Sadly, I was not selected by any of the awesome mentors. But! I did get some fantastic feedback from two of the three mentors I submitted to, which I was totally not expecting. That kinda made my day, actually. Of course, like any author who has sent out a query and had it rejected, I wish the feedback could have been a little more specific and/or had some suggestions for ways to improve, but I know they were all very busy and swamped and I am super grateful for what I got. However, back to the drawing board go I.
I hadn’t really expected to be chosen. And I’ve spent the last week or so kicking myself for submitting so early because I took some advice I received during GUTGAA and used it to hopefully fix up my first page. Whether it would have made a difference or not, I’ll never know, of course, but I really regretted my itchy typing fingers.
Since I wasn’t selected, though, I planned to start querying agents again. But based on the feedback I got, I think I’m going to take the rest of the month to really work on my query letter and maybe even my first few pages (essentially all of Chapter 1) and see where I can tighten things up. And then next month? Who knows? Maybe things will start happening that are good. I mean, things have gotta start happening that are good, right?*
Yes, Kay, there is a Santa Claus, and he will bring you lots of love and smiles and hugs for Christmas. So just keep thinking positive.
Okay, well, now that I’ve got other voices popping in to say hello, it must be time for that nap I’ve been putting off all day. Lord knows I could use the sleep. Hope your Wednesday has been a great one!
*I’ve been having something of a rotten week this week, the highlight of which involved hitting a deer on my way home from work Monday night. Kristen Lamb’s post about handling rejection has a segment called “Rejection can be a sign of a pending promotion” and that portion of the post spoke to me more than any other at the time I read it (yesterday). I highly recommend checking out this post in addition to all her others.
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