Pitch Madness 2015 Part 2

I tried. I really tried.

It was my intention to update my list with all the winning requests, but in all honesty I found this particular game hard to follow. Each team handled it a bit differently and it just become a bit too time consuming for my casual interest in the outcome. (Yes, I would have been more excited if I had friends battling it out. That’s reality.)

With that in mind — if there is anyone that has taken the time to compile it all, please contact me! I would love to leave a link to direct people to your site.

The numbers on requests are not as cut and dried as the draft round. You either get drafted or you don’t. In the agent round your request may vary from a few pages up to a full manuscript. If the winning agent passes on your work you are then free to fulfill requests from the losing agents. Almost every title had agents battling, which means the likelihood of secondary requests is good.

However, even the seven titles that did not get an initial agent request (10.29% of those drafted, if you are curious) could get secondary requests.  It is possible that a title that had no agents battling could end up with more requests than the hot commodities!

Adult works lost the most traction in the agent round with four pitches being passed over (1 fantasy, 1 fiction, 2 women’s fiction). Young Adult lost two (1 contemporary, 1 historical fantasy). Middle Grade gave up only one (fantasy). The smallest category, New Adult, managed to garner requests for all three drafted pitches. (Congrats to draft Team Two – the only one with a 100% success rate!)

Why am I bothering with this? Quite simply, I find it interesting. It doesn’t hold the secret of publishing. Studying the numbers won’t assure success in the next contest. It does, however, shine a little light into what others are writing and agents are requesting. I will be keeping my eyes open for author-agent love match announcements in the upcoming weeks. I am sure there will be some from this contest, as well as those that came about through conferences and traditional querying. It doesn’t matter what path a person follows to the goal, I hope you will join me to give them a big high five as they cross the finish line.

Remember – the official home of Pitch Madness can be found here.

See you on Twitter for #PitMad on March 11th

 

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Remember when…

You know the best thing about having my own blog? I can subject people to crazy stories whenever I want and there is nothing you can do about it.

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Tonight I saw something on Twitter that brought a memory bubbling to the surface of my brain. Let’s all get in the way back machine and head to 2002.

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

Too far.

I was working in our family’s travel agency. That particular day I was alone. My mother may have been on an amazing trip, or that may have been when she was recovering from surgery. It all gets muddled because I always reverted to telling people she was in rehab. (She’s never actually been to rehab. The closest thing to a vice she has is a deplorable need to win at Scrabble.)

A man comes in to book a trip to Vegas.

No problem. That is pretty standard fare. We narrow down the dates and a hotel – wham, bam, he is booked. I start running down the list of extra options as I walk to the printer to pick up his itinerary. Ground transfers, insurance, restaurant reservations…

“Can you book me a whore?”

I stopped and glanced around the room for any sign of a television crew. “Excuse me?”

“A whore? Can you book me a whore?”

Blink. Blink.

I carefully studied him for any signs that he might be joking.

He was not.

“Ummm…no, I don’t think that is actually legal for me to do. I believe you have to travel outside of the city. The hotel concierge will be able to point you in the right direction when you arrive.”

Note to the Unknown Concierge: I’m sorry. Truly. I’m sure you have had stranger requests – I mean you are a concierge at a mid-level hotel in Vegas – but, I didn’t mean to throw you under the Bunny Ranch Bus.

Once he was satisfied that he would be able to, well, book a whore in Vegas, he dropped the topic in favor of telling me about a trip he would be booking to South America in a few months.

He was going to interview potential wives.

Sadly, he was.

Sadly, he was.

 

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Pitch Madness 2015 Stats

THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL PITCH MADNESS POST!

I simply compiled information for my own edification and decided to share it. Please visit Brenda Drake’s site for all the official Pitch Madness goodness.

Today was Draft Day for Pitch Madness 2015. As I watched the tweets scroll across the screen I thought, “Wow, Middle Grade is really winning the race this year!” I was so amazed at the unusual number of Middle Grade picks I decided to take a look at Pitch Madness by the numbers.

DISCLAIMER: All my info was taken from my Twitter feed by following the #PitchMadness hashtag. I have no reason to believe it is incorrect, but it could be. I could also be bad at math (more likely) and have the numbers wrong. If in doubt, refer to the official Pitch Madness link above.

First – There were 915 entries in this year’s contest. NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN! With only 68 picks drafted into the agent round, a whopping 92.57% of the entries did NOT make it through. Do not be discouraged if you were in the 847 entries that did not make it to the next round. It doesn’t mean your manuscript is horrible and deserves to die a slow death in the corner of your desk drawer. It means that they had a lot of really good stories but yours was not the best fit for this round of agents. Don’t give up!

By the numbers —

4.41% of the picks were New Adult (2 contemporary, 1 historical)

17.65% of the picks were Middle Grade (1 adventure, 3 contemporary, 1 contemporary fantasy, 3 fantasy, 1 historical, 1 historical fantasy, 1 humor, 1 sci fi)

23.5% of the picks were Adult (1 fantasy, 1 fiction, 2 historical fantasy, 1 historical fiction, 1 historical women’s fiction, 1 magical realism, 3 mystery, 1 sci fi, 1 thriller, 5 women’s fiction)

54.41% of the picks were Young Adult (1 alternate history, 1 comedic horror, 8 contemporary, 2 contemporary fantasy, 9 fantasy, 2 historical, 1 historical fantasy, 2 horror, 1 mystery, 1 paranormal, 1 sci fi, 1 sci fi western, 1 speculative fiction, 3 thriller, 2 time travel, 1 urban fantasy)

As you can see, Middle Grade did well, but did not have near the hold it seemed as the info came through my feed in real time.

Good luck to everyone that made the cut and I will see the rest of you during #PitMad later this month!

*****

For those looking for the complete list:

Pitch Madness 2015

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Another Unpopular Opinion

Did you hear the news?

Have you been in a coma today?

If you answered “no” to the second question, you undoubtedly answered “yes” to the first.  The interwebz are abuzz with the news that Harper Lee is releasing a new book.

Well, not exactly a new book. It was her first book, which her editor did not want. She wanted more of the flashbacks that filled the manuscript. Harper Lee complied and the result was the literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird. This not-so-new book is a sequel, but it was written first so it is actually a prequel, right? Eh…maybe not….let’s just call it more of Scout’s story.

I think I am alone in wishing the manuscript had stayed buried for the ages. TKaM is so singular, so adored, there will be disappointment. Generations have created their own “after” and anything else is going to seem wrong.

And speaking of wrong — they are publishing her original, unedited manuscript. The woman who finished TKaM was a much better writer than the woman who wrote Go Set a Watchman. How can I be so sure? Because that is how writing works. There is a good chance that Scout and Atticus don’t even resemble the characters we have come to love because they developed and changed during the creation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Without updating the original manuscript to reflect those changes, readers are likely to encounter an uncomfortable disconnect between stories.

My biggest reason for protest, and admittedly the least sensible, is that Harper Lee is a literary unicorn and no one truly wants to see the unicorn in the zoo. There is so much mystery and fascination wrapped up in her life and work – don’t raise the curtain on the wizard.

Will I read the book? Well, of course! I’ve already asked our adult service librarian to make it the August book selection. I’m going to read it, but I’m not going to lie — I’d be ecstatic to wake up tomorrow and find out it was all a hoax.

A literary unicorn (not Harper Lee)

A literary unicorn (not Harper Lee)

 

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Techno-nightmare!

Words of wisdom for the day:

Be very careful with the inclusion of technology in contemporary settings.

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I am doing some edits on a project that I started four years ago and I am finding multiple references that need to be re-worked because the technology is already outdated. It is hard to write about college-age characters and not include technology, but dated text is a real problem. I carefully avoided other references that would date the story – I want everyone reading it to think it is happening right now. Technology references have become the polyester jumpsuits of my writing.

How do you get around the things that date your contemporary story?

 

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Making a list…

This has been a slow week for writing. I just can’t seem to get the creative juices flowing.

Ugh.

I have several deadlines I am reaching for on February 1st. Most likely I will be struck with inspiration around the 29th and spend days locked in a haze of furious composition, getting my submissions in just under the wire. That is just my modus operandi.

I was previously disqualified from a contest because I left off the word count. Although I was furious at myself for having made such a basic mistake, I was glad that I was booted on a technicality and not because they didn’t like my work. Of course, there is still a chance that I would have been eventually booted because they didn’t like the work. Anyway, my point is that you have to make sure you follow the directions to the letter, whether you are submitting to a contest or an agent.

I used my creative lull to create a submission checklist for one contest where I will be entering several categories. Each category will get its own checklist and I will run through it twice (two different sittings), immediately following the second check with submission. I may still make a mistake, but I have just cut my chances WAY down. I need something to slow my brain down to see what is actually there and not just what is supposed to be there, and for me that is physically marking something off a list.

Do you have any tricks or rituals you employ when making a submission? Is it to make sure everything is in order or just to make yourself feel better?

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Perfect Day Deux

A mere six weeks after this post, I bring you another perfect day.

So tiny!

So tiny!

Baby sister is eighteen today. Yep, that little blob in the basket is the early version of the beautiful ballerina you often see on these pages. This little girl is made up of brains, playful sass and glitter.

Love you, Emily.

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#TRUTH

Please comment if you know to whom credit is due for this graphic!

Please comment if you know to whom credit is due for this graphic!

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Will you?

I have finally finished my 500 words about myself.

It only took me about 10,000 words to get there.

This didn’t make the final cut, but I think it is worth putting out there.

This year is my opportunity.

I can write every day.

I can submit every week.

I can be empowered by rejections and acceptance alike.

I can learn from my peers.

I can give back to the writing community by being an active critique partner, a cheering section and a voice of reason or shoulder upon which to cry.

I can actively pursue industry knowledge and share it freely.

I can.

I will.

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A Tough Task

I can generally spit out a solid word count on any topic you give me. A reference? My specialty. I can make you look good.

Then why has it taken me three days to (not) write 500 words about myself?

I have everything else I need to apply for an excellent opportunity – completed application, updated resume and a letter of recommendation that made me blush. I just need a paltry 500 words telling them why I should be chosen for said excellent opportunity.

I am just about to the point of “I’m smart enough, I’m good enough and doggone it, people like me!”

That will work, right?

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