Are you readying your manuscript to query agents? Are you preparing for this year’s RevPit event? What better way to know if your query and first 5 pages have what it takes to stand out in the slush pile than to get an editor’s eye on it? As editors, we offer a professional perspective with insight into ways to improve your work.
In preparation for the #revpit annual contest this spring, we are hosting a bonus #10Queries event, January 24th - February 3rd.
Find out if your query and first 5 pages have what it takes to stand out and hook an editor’s/agent’s/reader’s attention!
In this event, writers will enter their names in a random drawing via Rafflecopter. If they are selected, their query and first five pages will be randomly assigned to an editor who will then tweet about the submission using #10Queries. Winners will not know which editor received their submissions until after the #10Queries tweets have been posted.
Tweets will consist of brief feedback based on the editors' first impressions of the winners' queries and first five pages. Not familiar with #10Queries? Learn more here: How an Editor Sees It (#10queries)
Writers must have a complete query letter and first 5 pages of manuscript in order to enter but will not submit these materials unless their name is drawn.
Writers may enter the drawing Friday, January 24th until 11:59 PM EST. They may enter their names multiple times via Rafflecopter, but their name can only be drawn once.
This event is separate from the main #RevPit contest in the spring. For this #10queries event, winners will not receive a full edit.
- Friday, January 24th: Contest drawing opens for writers. Writers will enter through Rafflecopter (access at the bottom of the page. It will not be active until Jan. 24th).
- The drawing will close at 11:59pm, Eastern time on Friday.
- To be eligible to win, writers can only enter through Rafflecopter.
- Saturday, January 25th: Winners will be notified via email. They will then be asked to send their query/five pages to the RevPit email account.
- Winners must email their materials to the Revise & Resub email address no later than 11:00AM EST on Monday the 27th. In order to provide enough time for editors to read all materials, no late submissions will be accepted.
- Monday, January 27th – Sunday, February 2nd: Editors will review the submission packages.
- Monday, February 3rd: Editors will share their #10queries throughout the day! They will tweet from 9am EST - 9pm EST. Winners will not be named in the tweets. Editors will email writers separately to notify which #10Queries tweet was theirs.
Participation from all contestants is encouraged. Even if your name isn’t drawn in the raffle, you can learn so much from the #10queries tweets.
Editors participating in this event:
Bethany Hensel - @bethanyhensel13
Bethany Hensel is an author, editor and teacher with over 10 years’ experience. She’s worked with debut novelists and international bestsellers. More Captain von Trapp than Maria, she’s for the writer who’s fully expecting hard work. Her mission is to help you realize your story to its most wonderful potential.
Carly Hayward - @fromcarly
Carly is a developmental editor who helps authors find their voice and bring their book to light. With 10+ years in publishing, she’s worked all over the industry. She is a co-founding #RevPit editor and a host on Story Chat Radio, a writing advice podcast. Editing combines her love of reading, giving advice, and logic puzzles.
Editor Cassandra - @OnlyCassandra
The complete Ravenclaw package, Editor Cassandra earned her MA from Newcastle University. She can be found taking MMA and ballet classes, teaching yoga, and playing with her dogs Mollie and Moo in Capac, MI.
Editor Cassandra’s heart lives for YA books. She also enjoys upper middle grade, new adult, and adult crossovers. All subject matters welcome.
Elizabeth Buege - @ekbuege
Elizabeth Buege is a freelance book editor from Minnesota. She’s a founding editor for Revise and Resub (#RevPit) and provides manuscript critiques and editing services for both querying and indie authors. When she’s not working, you’ll find her learning languages, gaming with friends, drinking tea, and cooking up tasty messes.
Hannah VanVels - @hannahvanvels
Hannah VanVels is a literary agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Before making the jump to agenting, Hannah was the acquiring editor at a young adult imprint with HarperCollins Publishing. She lives in Michigan with her partner, two German shepherds, and two cats.
Heidi Shoham - @heidishoham
After completing her BA in English Language and Literature, Heidi started editing for various publishing houses and indie authors in 2006. Whether it’s working on someone’s debut or editing a NYT bestselling author, Heidi loves helping great stories come to life!
Holly Ingraham - @holly_ingraham
An editor with over a decade's worth of industry experience on both the agency and publishing house sides, Holly Ingraham believes publishing is all about collaboration and communication, and loves helping an author put the pieces together to help create their best book possible. She lives just outside of NYC with her husband, twin daughters, and two furbabies.
Jeni Chappelle - @jenichappelle
Jeni Chappelle is a freelance novel editor with ten years’ experience and a cofounding editor and board member for Revise & Resub (#RevPit). She considers herself a hobbit (minus the big, hairy feet) and lives near Charlotte, NC with her family and way too many pets.
Judi Lauren - @judi__lauren
Judi Lauren is an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, and an editor at Radish fiction. Previously, she worked as an assistant at the Tobias Literary Agency. She’s also a YA writer, represented by Heather Cashman.
Katie McCoach - @katiemccoach
Katie McCoach is a developmental editor who helps authors grow their best stories. Many of her authors have gone on to land literary agents and publishing deals, self-published their series, and several have won awards. She is a founding editor of Revise & Resub (RevPit), a contest for emerging writers.
Maria Tureaud - @Maria_Tureaud
Maria Tureaud—immigrant, warrior, and cat lady—is both a freelance editor and writer. One half Tolkien, one half Kirk, she is co-founder of CraftQuest, a freelance editing service that puts writers first. Find her creeping on Twitter @Maria_Tureaud and her website.
Megan Manzano - @Megan_Manzano
Megan fell in love with reading and writing from a young age. She threw herself into the publishing world: now a freelance editor, a marketer for Trade books, and an Agent at D4EO Literary Agency. In her spare time, she’s either traveling, hiking, or binge-watching television shows.
Megan Records - @meganrecords
A former Kensington editor with 13+ years of experience, Megan specializes in romance, YA, and women’s fiction. She is now a freelance editor and writing coach, and loves helping authors and publishers tell awesome stories.
Miranda Darrow - @Miranda_Darrow
Miranda Darrow is an award-winning romance author and developmental editor living in the frozen Minnesota tundra. Loves: forced proximity, ‘80s music, obscure sports, cheese-heavy snacks, and road trips. Interested in YA, romance, women’s fiction, and a dash of SFF.
Natasha Hanova - @NatashaHanova
Natasha Hanova is a thorough and understanding freelance developmental editor. She believes it’s important for writers to come through the editing process with goals they can accomplish. When she’s not editing, she’s sipping tea with a good book, watching Doctor Who, or playing cards with her friends.
r.r. campbell - @iamrrcampbell
r.r. campbell is an author, writing coach, and the founder of the Writescast Network podcast collective, which has been helping creatives worldwide learn, engage, and grow as writers since 2016. He's also an instructor for the University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies in Writing program.
Tera Cuskaden - @TeraCus
Tera Cuskaden, freelance editor, started working in publishing in 2004. After spending nine years with Samhain Publishing as a Senior Editor, she moved to Entangled Publishing as an Editorial Director for two years. Tera holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University.
Tiffany Grimes - @theqtiffany
Tiffany Grimes is a developmental editor at Burgeon Design and Editorial with an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University. She loves working on young adult, middle grade, sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary fiction, and romance with diverse voices and characters.
Tiffany White - @tiffanykaye_
Tiffany White is the editor behind Writers Untapped. She works on many genres, including fantasy, sci-fi, and romance across multiple age groups. As a former teacher, Tiffany approaches each edit with the mindset of an instructor, guiding clients so they learn from their mistakes and grow as writers.
Victoria Griffin - @victoria_grif7
Victoria is an East Tennessee author and editor. As an editor, she specializes in adult fiction and adores literary fiction, speculative fiction, and any work that blends genres. Her writing is represented by Sandy Lu of L. Perkins Agency. Find her at VictoriaGriffin.net and on Twitter @victoria_grif7.
We hope to see you participate! And remember that every writer can benefit from following the #10Queries thread.