Making the Cut

Posted: July 8, 2015 in Writing
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Hand pick idea Business man from a group of people.

We made the cut.  Yay us!

Well, not THE cut. A cut. Out first cut.

My daughter and I entered our shiny new rewritten opening pages into a contest, and we made the first cut. This is huge, because we’ve never gotten beyond the “Thank you for your entry” stage. I’ve written a lot here about entering these contests and not get chosen and what that feels like and what it means and how to deal with it.

But this is new.  This is awesome. This is Progress!

The contest is Pitch to Publication (and I’m sorry, but it’s too late to enter it this year). Basically, you submit your query and first five pages to your choice of five freelance editors from a long list. All of the participating editors take their 100 or so entries and whittle them down to a handful, then request partials from those, so they can whittle those down to three.

So, basically five chances to hook up with an editor and move on in the contest. The first cut was when one of my chosen editors narrowed her 100 submissions down to 33. Our entry was among those 33. Of course this is just one judge out of five, and there are still several cuts to get through. Those 33 have been cut down to eight, and we’re haunting our in-box for a partial request, but they haven’t been sent out yet.  And their are three other agents (because one has already sent out her requests and we weren’t one of them).

Next time I post here, we’ll know if we’re still in or not, but for now … we rest knowing all of our efforts to rewrite our early chapters has paid off, at least in this small way. That’s never happened before.

  1. Congrats! I hope to soon read a post about your winning entry! 🙂

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  2. vherrick says:

    Congratulations! Not because you might make the next cut, and the next, and the next, but because you didn’t make a bunch of others, and kept writing! For the joy of it, for the heck of it, perhaps because you couldn’t figure out how or why to stop. Those are all reasons I keep writing. I find the notion of submitting painful sometimes, intriguing others. I’ve submitted a few times, pitched a few times. I did better with the pitching, which might (to a pessimist) seem like I’m better in person than in writing, but I sure hope not! Anyway, it’s always good to cheer the connections that get made — you connected with an editor! Yay! Enjoy the moment!


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