Life has been chaos. I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot the last year and a half – and I feel like it’s often met with nods of exhausted agreement.
Within that chaos, I’ve not really had the time or the bandwidth to write much of anything new, or even to spend a whole lot of time on editing. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not still taking any opportunity that comes around.
Thanks to a friend in my online writing group (shout out to Rebekah Simmers!) bringing to my attention that the #10Queries was coming up, I was able to submit – and was chosen! #10Queries is a part of Revise and Resub, which I’ve talked about on here previously. Revise and Resub is a group of editors who are offering the writing world some really incredible opportunities to learn (and in the case of #RevPit, to possibly win a full edit of a completed manuscript). And they do it all with no charge to the writers. Even just following their social media can offer quite an education to a writer.
#10Queries is a randomized contest – you get a number of entries, and then if chosen, you will receive an email with a request for your query letter and the first five pages of your novel. Your work is assigned to one of the editors, who will then, on the day of #10Queries (this round is Oct 29, 2021), tweet about each of the ten queries they received. Even if you haven’t submitted, reading through the feedback and advice given to these other writers can help in writing your own query. Follow the editors and the event’s official twitter for more. I will be anxiously waiting to see who my assigned editor turns out to be and what they have to give as feedback on my query.
In addition to this, I’m also looking to participate in #DVpit again this year. This is the contest where I was initially contacted by my publisher that landed me a contract for my first book. This year’s #DVpit is coming up next week:
October 25, 2021 will be for Children’s & YA Fiction/Nonfiction (picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult).
October 26, 2021 will be for Adult Fiction/Nonfiction (all genres, commercial and literary) using #DVpit; and for Artists & Illustrators using #DVart.
I can’t wait to see what everyone is pitching!