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