This is how I felt last night after I scanned the list of names–and didn’t see mine–during the big Brenda Drake #PitchWars announcement of mentees. Had a huge internal pity party then did what I do best–make a to do list.
Posting this is first on the list. Congrats to all those who did get accepted, I hope in November you have to beat the agents off your MS with a stick!
The whole process of #PitchWars is something I would definitely do again. Over 1,500 of us dropped tons of words on all the mentors and I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to have to choose from so many suitors.
Subjectivity was something touched on a lot during the #WWWriting PitchMad live discussion and while I knew that it would be a factor in selection, I was surprised (I shouldn’t have been) at how much subjectivity played a part.
Deep down, I’ve always believed that becoming successful at writing comes down to two things, right place and right time. To be sure, you have to put in the work. Tons of hard, soul crushing work. But in the end, most everything hinges on the mood, needs, loves, hates, of the reader. I’m going to keeping that more in mind while writing. All I can do is keep pushing, learn more and craft the best stories I can.
Back to work.