Pitch Wars. It takes a writer village.

Oooh! Oooh! Oooh!


I have amazing news! Me and my unbelievably-talented PitchWars Mentor– the brass knuckle-wielding, ball-smashing, fabulosity that is Heather Webb–actually won PitchWars with my YA Time Travel novel– YAYAYAYAYAYAYAAYYYY!

*I’ll give you a moment to find your cymbals and batons.*Jerrys-Brass-band

I want to thank Brenda Drake and everyone else (especially Dahlia and the  YAMisfits) who helped make this contest a raging success. It must’ve been a hella lotta hard work, and we writers could not appreciate you guys more!

If you’ve never participated in a PitchWars type event, let me tell you…It’s not for the faint of heart. For three days, my blood pressure was through the roof as BIG-TIME New York agents perused all the amazing, wonderful entries and made requests for full or partial manuscripts. I was a shuddering, blubbering mess at the end of it.. But happy. OMG, so happy!

Now comes the real nail-biter… Will anyone want the dang thing? 

UPDATED 10/2014…Uh.. YES THEY DID!!! My YA Time Travel novel, THE DIM (AND a sequel) was sold at auction to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for release Summer 2016!!! YAYY!!! 

See… #PitchWars CAN work miracles!! 

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Poor Kate’s been so worried about my agent status. I’d hate for it to stress her and the baby out. So hopefully it’ll happen soon. For Kate’s sake, of course.

Now that it’s time to push our manuscript–our baby— out our metaphorical hoo-has into the world, I’m super-scared, how about you?? Will my submission languish in that agent hell-hole of “not quite right for my list?” Or will the miracle of miracles occur? THE CALL.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m  not just sticking to fingers this time. No sirree buddy! I’m crossing everything I’ve got. Toes, boobs…you name it, baby. If I have two of them,  I’m twisting them up–even if I have to walk weird for a while.

In all seriousness, for me the best part of the entire PitchWars experience was getting to meet a bunch of wonderful, generous, funny, talented writers. We hung on Twitter. Supported each others entries. Cheered each other on. There was no ugly. It was so hopeful and positive that…..Dammit, I said I wouldn’t cry…. *sniff*

I’m also fortunate enough to be a member of the most talented critique group on the planet. (SFWG forever!!) Over the past year, I’ve watched one after the other  get agents and then book deals. And it is glorious to behold!! We rejoice each other’s triumphs and are there to soothe when the writing world get’s too thorny. That’s what you look for in a writing group. They–and all my amazing, supportive writer friends–are my village.

Writing can be a lonely endeavor. So if you don’t have a writing group of your own, I highly, highly recommend it. Working with a group of supportive writers is–I think–the most crucial step in becoming better. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it’s helped me. 🙂


Good luck all you #pitchwars gods and godesses!! And–to repeat an uber-repeated phrase that is nonetheless totes apt:

“May the odds be ever in your favor!” (And if they ain’t– you think bribing with brownies might work??)

About Janet

I'm one of those girls who love books so much, I couldn't stand it till I wrote one of my own. I'm dreaming of the day when someone a LOT smarter than me will invent a real time machine. I have a wonderful hubby and two amazing boys, who--over the years--have ruined me forever for sappy chick-flicks. Now, I'm all about the fantasy-action. Thor...mmm... And GoT double mmm! I'm also an author with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...INTO THE DIM & SPARKS OF LIGHT (coming 8/1/2017). I am repped by the phenomenal Mollie Glick of Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
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