So I have to start off by saying I messed up...in a few ways.
1) I accidentally took more entries than 100. That's what I get for opening the window for Pitch Polish entries in my regular email account. I WILL NOT be doing that for the contests so stay tuned for a new GUTGAA email address.
2) Another accident. I posted a few of the query/first 150 at about 3AM while I was bleary eyed and losing it just a tad. Once I realized what I'd done and fixed the problem, people had already left a couple comments on them. I'm sorry to say those entries numbers have changed so you'll have to find them once more. Also, I have the comments in my email and I will be posting them to the correct entries soon. So sorry about that one:(
I plan on posting links to the entries as well (title and number) on my sidebar today so be on the lookout for that.
3) And another mess up. I realized 75% of the way through posting the entries that I said queries on the Pitch Polish didn't have to be only the meat (they do for the contests!) so some queries had credentials taken out. If you would like them to be put back, please look over your query/first 150 and email me what you want back in.
I think that's all the mistakes I made. Sorry guys. I try, but I'm only human.
Oh, and I have no idea why, when you click on 'older posts' it takes you beyond the pitch polish entries to much older posts. Anyone tech savvy know why that might happen? Oh well, you can use the left sidebar links for now. What's a large blogfest without a couple glitches, right? :)
Rules for Pitch Polish
- I have tried to group the entries in similar categories (sorry Kevin, only one PB made it in the PP.) It would be great if you can critique as many entries as possible (you have until Thursday), but if time is short for you, at least ten would be a good number. And so that no one is missed, please do the ones right around your entry first.
- I know we all love each other, but lets make this constructive. No fluff comments just to be nice and please don't be rude either. I think I mentioned before how we can all be helpful without thrashing someone to bits.
- These entries are anonymous, but if someone wants to reveal themselves in order to answer questions from the critters, that is completely fine by me.
- As I looked over some of the queries last night, I noticed that some seemed more synopsis-like, rather than query-like. If you're having query trouble I want to help you out.
Here are some links that are really helpful:
Kelley Lynn's Three C's
Nathan Bransford's How to Write a Query Letter
Elana Johnson's From the Query to the Call
Query Hell: The Fastest Way to Madness
FYI: I've been talking to some of my friends, who have agents, about doing a Twitter Q & A with you guys if you're interested. We may not be agents or publishers, but we've made a big leap in the right direction and maybe we can help you make it too. Would anyone be interested in doing something like this?
Also, this week I will be posting some interview questions that our agents were nice enough to answer for us.
I think that's it for now! Have fun polishing your pitches!