Monday, March 16, 2015

Nestpitch 2015

Well, since the Nestpich blog has already posted a list of teams for the Nestpitch contest this year, I figured it was time to kick my lazy carcass into gear and list the information for anyone interested. That's right, this year I'm participating as a slushie. Last year I was able to sign with my literary agent, Cate Hart with Corvisiero Literary Agency, because of Nestpitch, Yup. I'm a success story from Nestpitch, proof that contests like these really work.

So, to kick things off, here are a few of the rules. Don't worry, a full list of dates, rules and conditions will be posted on the 23rd / 24th of March. For now just mark March 23rd /24th and April 1st(submission date).
The submission consists of:
(1)                 35-word pitch
(2)               Answer to this question: If your MC was an Easter Egg, what flavor would s/he be? (no more than 15 words please)
(3)             1st 300-words of your manuscript*

*1st 300 = if you have a prologue, then your 1st 300 starts from your prologue. If you don’t think your prologue is strong enough then perhaps you need to rethink your prologue.
Finish at the end of a sentence. This is 300-word MAX, so your last word is 300-words. If your sentence finishes on 292-words, submit that. If your sentences run into 30 or more words, then rethink the length of your sentence(s). Broken sentences do no one favors.

This year we will not be accepting PB’s – I hear there is something different in the works for PB, but I don't know much about it so you'll have to follow the Nestpitch blog.

Two things to add/note:
(1)               A condition of entry is any MS #pitch submitted to previous #pitches, which resulted in being selected, in the twelve months prior to April 2015, is ineligible.   The only sub-clause to this is #PitchSlam. Please let us know if  you have the same MS in #PitchSlam & #Nestpitch, and again if you’ve been selected. I have spoken to the Host of PitchSlam & we’ve agreed to work closely on this one.

(2)               This year there will be less final selection featured pitches. (Expecting final number to be around 40). With each Team concentrating on fewer submissions, we can be more hands-on with feedback and mentoring. By doing this, not only will the pitch + 300-words be stronger, but so will the entire MS. This year there will be rounds.
a.      Round #1: Last year I gave everyone the benefit of the doubt when errors were made in following guidelines. That will not be the case this year, aside from formatting issues (which happen). To get past #1 the author’s must be able to follow guidelines.
b.      Round #2: This year each Team will select an initial 5-8 submissions and then request more pages/material. Based on the additional pages/material, each Team will drill their selection down to between 4-5 to go to the next round
c.      Round #3: On having picked their final 4-5, each Team will then critique the first 2,500-words and ‘get to know’ the author(s). This is a 3-fold process. Being selected does not necessarily mean being featured. Teams will want to know the author(s) are willing to accept feedback etc.  The Teams will work with their author’s for 3 weeks, offering feedback, sharpening pitches, & suggesting improvements. After this, the author’s have a full week to re-read their MS in full & make any final changes; before the agent round.

And now for the teams. If you want full bios, check out the Nestpitch blog.

SC_Author - Mentor (#OneBasket)

            Laura Heffernan – Slushie -
            Heather Murphy Capps – Slushie -

Louise Gornall - Mentor (#SugarCrush)
            Sarah Carlson – Slushie
            Kate Foster – Slushie -

Sharon Bayliss - Mentor (#TeamUnbreakable)

            Katy Upperman – Slushie –
            Jessika Fleck – Slushie –

Stacey Nash - Mentor

            Kathy Palm – Slushie -
            Liv Rancourt – Slushie –

Sharon Johnston - Mentor

Emma Wicker – Slushie  -
            JC (Jason) Nelson – slushie -

Amanda Foody - Mentor

Niki Cluff – Slushie -
Jena duBois – Slushie  

Brooke Powell -Mentor

Heather Bryant – Slushie –
            Kristy Shen – Slushie -

Lauren McKellar - Mentor

            Tracy Joyce – Slushie 
            Karen McCoy – Slushie - @WriterLibrarian

NikolaVukoja - Mentor (#Team2Beat)

Jadah McCoy – Slushie -
            Kimberly Ito – Slushie –

Can't wait to read all of your submissions!

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