Monday, August 28, 2017

Pitch Wars 2017: Stats and Takeaways

With the mentees now announced, I wanted to go over what I saw in my inbox, the main reasons I passed on entries, and what you should take away from this, regardless of whether you're picked. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll recall I got 83 applications. Of those, I'll be sending feedback to 5 random submissions in addition to those I requested pages from, with my apologies that I usually try to get back to everyone, but with the baby and deadlines this year, it just isn't possible. It takes me an average of 30 minutes per entry to give feedback, meaning that if I did them all, I would spend 42 hours on those emails alone. (In case you were wondering why agents do form rejections. And why you should keep your Pitch Wars peers close and your critique partners closer if you're getting said form rejections.)

I had a few trends in my inbox*:

Characters Leading Revolutions: 7
Ghost love interests/main characters: 5

And the reasons I passed:

Not right for current market: 4
Not right for me (was on my "Not a Best Match" list): 13
Too much telling/no conflict in sample pages: 29
Solid submission, but the plot wasn't quite my thing: 28
Confusing pitch; stakes not clear and/or no stakes: 3
Reads too young or too old for YA: 3
Liked it, but wasn't my perfect match: 15

(Totaling the numbers above will exceed my submission total as sometimes an entry fit in more than one category. I could still like a sub with a confusing pitch, for instance. It just ultimately didn't work out to be the one I picked.)

And just because:

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