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#pitchmadness Post Mortem


#PitchMadness came,

it was seen,

and many conquered.

Though my entry wasn't one of the lucky ones to be requested,

I feel lucky for even being chosen.

Borrowing stats from my teammate Dakota Shain Byrd:

there were approximatey 811 entries,

of which 68 were chosen,

which put us in the 7% of the submittee population that were deemed query ready.

Was it a blow to see empty comments on my entry?

yes.

Did it knock me down for a bit?

you bet.

My Snickers and Doritos post-lunch binge was proof

(and the awful kick to my gut that gave back all night).

However, it felt good to be validated by Rebecca and Marieke

that my work was ready for the great wide open.

My current submission stats are:

24 queries - 13 still open,

9 rejections - fastest response in 2 hours,

[the power of the bad query letter perhaps? ;) ]

oldest queries are 152 days old.

I doubt much changed over the weekend,

pretty much still expect the comments to be empty on my entry,

but it hasn't knocked me out for the count.

And it shouldn't you either my #writer friends.

I've said it before and I'll say it again:

this is a subjective business.

What doesn't work for one contest/agent/editor

will capture the attention of another.

I didn't make it into #PitchWars last August,

I didn't make it into #p2p16.

Though I got into #PitchMadness

I got no requests.

I've gotten on average 2 requests from any twitter contest,

#SFFpit and #PitMad to name a couple,

which usually end in rejection as well.

But that's okay.

I've said this before as well:

rejection is part of this business.

Accept that your queries will be rejected,

accept that your contest entry might be rejected,

accept that you won't get into every contest,

but do not let it stop you from moving forward.

It will happen.

#PitchMadness #writerslife #contest