Yup, we're back for another round of this crazy game!
Follow along with the silliness and discussion under #sonofapitch on Twitter. This time our theme is Star Wars!! Our hosts will be decorating their blogs using the force within them! So join the Rebels or the Republic and join the battle.
It's a month until the first round, so although it's short notice, I hope you jump in. Below are all the details, my little padawans.
This comp is for Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult manuscripts of all genres.
Week 1 starts February 13, 2017:A chance to refine your query and first 250 words. Post this on your blog then leave a direct link in the comments of a post I will put up on my blog the week of Feb 13. Please leave feedback on the author's bog, and for a minimum of three other queries and first 250. All feedback left in the comments of the post for links will be deleted.
***You don't have to participate in Round 1 to join Round 2. It is highly recommended to get that extra polish before the voting round.***
Week 2 starts February 20, 2017:
This week, published authors will give you feedback. This time there are a huge group of authors joining in this round to help you. They write a wide range of genres, so don't miss this opportunity. The Son of a Pitch team, who are all published, will post your emailed in queries and 250 words on their blogs. Please use the formatting below and email to:
Subject line: Son of a Pitch! (Category and Genre of your manuscript)
Title: (Name of Manuscript)
Category and Genre: (YA/NA/Adult then Genre)
Word Count: (to the nearest thousand)
Insert query here. No bio or comparisons please.
First 250 Words:
I don't care if this is from a prologue or chapter one. That's up to you.
Incorrectly formatted emails will be returned.
The team will vote for their favorites from the fifty who make it through to go onto the final round. They will cast five votes each, anywhere they want, and the top 20 will go onto the next round. Feel free to coax judges your direction however you want! But please, only you and the judges can comment on your entry, or the comments can get confusing for tallying votes at the end. Votes will close on Thursday 11:59 p.m. MST.
The first fifty entries will go into this round. So get your clickers ready to email at precisely 10 a.m. Mountain Time on Friday February 17th.
But don't be discouraged! You will get good feedback to help you even if you don't make the top twenty. So please go and query elsewhere afterward, and let us know your success story so it can be shared on the blog.
Week 3 starts February 27, 2017:We have a fantastic line up of editors and publishers. They'll swing by the final contestants to try to bribe you into subbing to them. The final Twenty will post right here on this blog, where editors will come and make requests for you. If you make the top twenty, you will be emailed on Friday 24th, and all updated entries sent to the email address by Saturday 25th 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. If you don't make the deadline, the next highest voted entry will be emailed, and will have 24 hrs to get the entry into the inbox.
Feel free to email any requests made whenever you feel like it, but note that the editors are allowed to give feedback on your entry. Also, make sure to include that your query to them is from the comp by putting Son of a Pitch Request in the title.
EXTRA FEEDBACK! This time, one of our round 2 blog hosts will be hosting a twitter pitch critique session to help you prepare for the Twitter Pitch Party. The host will set up a blog post at the same time as round 3, and you leave your twitter pitch in the comments. To critique, just hit reply to the comment in the post! Not only will your peers be patrolling, but the published authors will swing by to leave feedback during this time as well.
Twitter Pitch: March 6, 2017:
And finally, we'll have a free-for-all twitter pitching opp under the hashtag #sonofapitch
Rules: Makes sure to include #sonofapitch and your genre/age category with the tweet. You can tweet any number of manuscripts, but only once every hour each.
So there you have it! Visit Katie Hampstead's Blog on Monday at: http://kjhstories.blogspot.com to meet the hosts and published authors who will be leaving feedback.