This post is for PitchWars Mentors as they sort through potential mentees and do a little internet searching to see what we’re all like.
I’ve never been a PitchWars mentee (or one in other such editing contests), but I thought I’d assemble a sense of what I’d be like to work with in this process.
I take feedback well.
Or at least my critique group hasn’t complained about me, yet. I’ve been attending weekly meetings since March 2017 where I’ve gotten feedback on ~1500 words at a time on various projects. We meet remotely now, so I’m not out of practice! My process is to accept all comments, read them, then let it marinate for at least 24 hours before acting on anything. I love feedback that sparks a new idea! I also know when to disagree and not take a note. Overall, this isn’t my first time getting critiqued, so I won’t take anything personally and I understand all feedback is to better the story.
I like communication.
I will inevitably send you questions about your critiques/comments. Especially asking you why you felt a certain way about something. If I get stuck on a fix, you can also expect me to ask for a brainstorming session. I tend to match communication styles to whoever I’m talking to. If you send gifs and jokes, so will I!
I work East Coast hours on the West Coast.
Meaning that I’m free by 2pm and have plenty of time each day to write and edit. If you looked at my submission package and wondered if we’d have enough time to do what you think needs to be done, hopefully my schedule shows you I can make it work.
I have a vision for what I want to accomplish, but I also want to hear yours.
While I have some goals in mind, which we can discuss privately, I am open to whatever you think needs attention too. This is not the first novel I’ve finished, and with no pub credits yet, I’m clearly missing something.
I have a million cat pictures.
My cats are bald, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you don’t want bald cat photos, I have no other cat photos to offer. My boys are below!
Hopefully, you think we'd be a good fit and you love my submission and think we can tackle it together in the allotted time. I hope this post helped you get to know we as a potential mentee!
P.S. To anyone who comes across this post later: I claim no rights to any of the gifs.