Pitch Madness 2014

Okay y’all, it’s time for Pitch Madness: Clue Edition!

Brenda Drake, contest ninja of the writing/blogging world, puts this crazy contest together 2x per year–one which I am throwing myself into with a full body slam. In order to prepare for this, I’ve been writing and rewriting my 250 word pitch trying to get it perfect. Well, if not perfect at least better.

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If you’re looking to perfect a 35 word pitch, there are a few good ways to do this:

1.  CPs- These are the best way to figure out correct wording of a pitch. They are also great to b@&%$ to about trying to get a pitch written. And how you want to throw your computer out the window in the process.

2.  Blogs- There are a lot of writing blogs out there that post about writing a good pitch. Read through them. Find examples. A few good ones are: Nathan Bransford and Rachelle Gardner.

3.  Writers- Writers give back to the writing community all the time. When contests like Pitch Madness are announced, there are often authors who volunteer their time to critique your pitch. This time around, author Fiona McLauren has offered up her services to those brave enough to post their pitches.

Some may ask why even bother entering a contest.

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Well, I have learned soooo much from entering contests. I’ve received feedback from agents and authors, plus met 3 of my CPs, gotten requests for material, etc. I can’t even begin to tell you about the amazing writers I’ve met and continued to talk to.

Even with contests, and for those who don’t make it through the slush reading, writers can still query agents. Contests aren’t the be-all-end-all of the writing world, so please keep this in mind as you enter Pitch Madness. And to those of you with itchy fingers poised above the send button, shine your pitch to perfection. I wish you the best of luck!

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Posted on March 10, 2014, in Contest Advice, Pitch Madness, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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