#TeamDominate’s 2016 Pitch Wars Stats

It’s Pitch Wars stats time. For those who are curious how many entries #TeamDominate received, what genres dominated (heh), and what we requested… Here you go.

Destiny and I received 141 YA entries.

Here’s the breakdown of those entries:
*Note: I combined some subgenres into these genres.

Thriller: 10

Fantasy: 84

Contemporary: 24

Horror: 6

Sci-Fi: 13

Paranormal: 4

Of these 141, we requested 28 fulls.

Here’s the breakdown for the requested material:

Thriller: 4

Fantasy: 17

Contemporary: 3

Horror: 2

Sci-Fi: 2

Don’t read too much into what we requested. We would’ve requested more horror, thriller, contemporary, and sci-fi if more of those entries hooked us. We really were looking for the best fit for us in any of these genres, not just fantasy.

Our mentee wrote a fantastic fantasy novel. It’s dark. And it’s crazy good. Just wait. You’ll see. Watch for Meghan Jashinsky in the Publisher Marketplace deals section. We’re confident this book is going to sell, sell, sell. Yeah, it’s that good. I can’t say that enough.

Overall, Destiny and I have very similar tastes, which helped the process move along smoothly. But, we are human, and there were some entries Destiny wanted to request and some I wanted to request. We’d decided to only request what we both would consider, so we had to put some entries aside even though one of us had been hooked. In other words, just because we didn’t request your full doesn’t mean one of us wasn’t interested.

Two fantasy entries we’d requested were amazeballs, but the voice and the premise of both books leaned more toward middle grade fiction. We’re mentoring YA, so we had to pass on those.

When we told you it didn’t matter when you entered the contest as long as you met the deadline, we meant it. We gave equal time and consideration to all entries. In fact, we’d fallen for one MS early in the process, but when we came across Meghan’s, her MS wouldn’t stop calling to us. We HAD to have it. And, when we saw another mentor was interested in our first love, we begged her to take it on. It needed a home too, just not with us.

It was really hard to say no to other entries that we also liked a lot. As a freelance editor, it was difficult for me to not take on a handful of my favorites, because I really liked their writing and wanted to help them get where they needed to be. In order to participate in Pitch Wars, I had to give up a slot that would’ve normally gone to a paying customer. I simply don’t have the brainpower after editing for clients all day to then edit the Pitch Wars manuscript. So, I made a choice. Pitch Wars. Volunteer my time to mentor a writer and help her turn her manuscript into a gleaming book readers won’t resist. However, for the same reason I had to give up a slot in order to do Pitch Wars, I also can’t take on other projects without putting them in slots. Considering editing is my day job and helps keep food on the table, I simply couldn’t volunteer time to edit other manuscript. I have to put my clients and my family first.

Bottom line? I love to help authors improve. When I edit, I teach. I don’t simply correct the errors. I want you to learn how to write better. I want you to see the flaws in your work and know how to fix them. I want you to become confident in your writing, because I believe in you. Writing is hard work. Revising is harder. But, both are so worth it. Please don’t give up on your writing or yourself.

If ever you’re in the market for a freelance editor, I hope you’ll consider me.

I have an opening in October and am offering $100 off a developmental/line editing combo or a manuscript evaluation report for this slot. Please contact me at: labelle@labelleseditorialservices.com for details. I originally offered this discount to Pitch Wars contestants only, but I’ve now opened this up to all writers.

Lynnette Labelle
2016 Daphne du Maurier 2nd Place Winner

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