Pitch Wars

This page is the place to find all the Pitch Wars related posts from my blog in one convenient spot!

But first...what is Pitch Wars?

Pitch Wars is a contest in which writers submit a query and the first chapter of their completed book in the hopes of snagging a spot with a mentor in a two-month process that culminates in an agent round. You can find out more on creator Brenda Drake's website.

I'm so excited to be a middle grade mentor for Pitch Wars 2016! If you're planning to submit a middle grade novel, be sure to check out my Pitch Wars Mentor Mini Interview and my Mentor Wish List.

My Pitch Wars Prep series:
Get Your Manuscript Ready
The Query Letter
The Synopsis
Why You Should Enter and What to Expect
Making Your Mentor Picks

You can also read about my experience as a 2015 Pitch Wars hopeful and mentee:
My 2015 Mentee Bio
Don't Give Up (Or, Why I Heart PitchWars)
My Pitch Wars Inspiration Story

Good luck to all you mentee hopefuls!


  1. I have a question. I have two finished middle grade books, and I can't decide which to enter into the Pitch War. One is a WWII novel about a girl and her family escaping Poland. It's a humorous adventure with a ghost sister mixing up the action. The other is about a girl with cerebral palsy main streamed into a new school.

    I understand from an editor that WWII stories are not marketable for middle grade.

    1. Hi, Christy! I would say go with whichever one you're most excited about and the one you're willing to spend 2 months intently revising. There are lots of mentors looking for both those genres, so you should be able to find good matches to submit to with either. Also, I'm not an expert on marketing trends in the publishing world, but I will say there are definitely current MG novels out there set during WWII. THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE and ONCE WAS A TIME come to mind. Definitely don't count a story out based on one person's opinion! :)

    2. One more bit of advice I want to add: When writing about a disability, be careful to do your research and reach out to sensitivity readers who are familiar with that disability. You don't want to inadvertently write something that will offend those with the disability you're writing about. A good start is to read blogs and articles like this one, to see what sort of common tropes frustrate and hurt the disabled community: http://reannasbookrealm.blogspot.com/2016/07/opinions-on-say-what-you-will-2014.html?spref=fb

    3. Thanks so much for your comments. I really appreciate the feedback. All the best to you.

  2. I have a question regarding word count. On the live interview, you referenced Jennifer Laughran's site. According to her, my contemporary fantasy is short for fantasy (27000 words), but an acceptable length for realistic fiction. Would you consider this a deal breaker? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi, Caron! Word count isn't a deal breaker for me unless it's absolutely insane (no 200K epics. please). ;) If I love the story, I'm definitely willing to work with my mentee on their word count (increasing or decreasing) if necessary.

    2. That's what I was hoping to hear. Thank-you for getting back to me on this.