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.
We are hosting a #10Queries event, January 15th - January 29th.
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 15th 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 15th: Contest drawing opens for writers. Writers will enter through Rafflecopter (access at the bottom of the page. It will not be active until Jan 15th).
- The drawing will close at 11:59pm, Eastern time on Friday.
- To be eligible to win, writers can only enter through Rafflecopter.
- Saturday, January 16th: 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 Wednesday the 20th. In order to provide enough time for editors to read all materials, no late submissions will be accepted.
- Wednesday, January 20th - Friday, January 29th: Editors will review the submission packages.
- Friday, January 29th: 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:
Adah Beatrice - @theadahbeatrice
Adah is a freelance editor, agent assistant at Andrea Brown Lit., and member of the Tessera Editorial team. She's drawn to immersive, character-driven books and distinct, delightfully witty voices. Fantasy is her #1 genre. Having worked with numerous publishing houses, she's eager to lend her knowledge to aspiring authors.
Bethany Hensel - @bethanyhensel13
BETHANY HENSEL is a writer and editor with 10+ years of experience, whose clients include indie and trad bestselling authors. With a critical eye and a huge passion for stories, she absolutely loves helping writers make their books the best they can be.
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.
Felice Laverne - @bookgurufelice
Felice Laverne is an editor, ghostwriter and author coach who regularly works with a slew of Big 5 and independent publishers. Her clients have gone on to win Hay House competitions for publishing contracts and publication at award-winning houses. Her goal is to elevate her authors’ voices to their highest potential. She has taught writing workshops, currently partners with HarperCollins and Sounds True as a sensitivity reader, has been invited to speak at the Women in Publishing Summit 2021 and has been invited to put together a workshop for Sounds True in support of their BIPOC authors.
Hannah VanVels - @hannahvanvels
Hannah VanVels is an editor, writer, and literary agent. Hannah has worked various bookish jobs including a stint as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble and most recently as the acquiring editor at a young adult imprint with HarperCollins Publishing.
Heidi Shoham - @heidishoham
Heidi’s an editor with over fourteen years of experience. She currently edits for indie authors and Harlequin HarperCollins. When she’s not editing, Heidi can be found wrangling her three wildling kids, walking her monster dog, and serving a semi-feral cat, who can never decide if she wants in or out.
Holly Ingraham - @holly_ingraham
Holly Ingraham is an award-winning developmental editor with over a decade's worth of industry experience. After working at BookEnds Literary and spending 10 years as an acquisitions editor for St. Martin’s Press, she founded Holly Ingraham Editorial in 2018. She is a RevPit Board member and lives just outside NYC with her husband, twin daughters and two furbabies.
Jay Whistler - @jaywhistler
Jay Whistler is a professional editor and an acquisitions reader for a literary agency. She has a MG title coming in 2021. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA and an MA in Technical Writing from BGSU.
Jeni Chappelle - @jenichappelle
Jeni Chappelle is a freelance novel editor and a cofounding editor 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.
Kyra Nelson - @kyramnelson
Kyra Nelson is a freelance editor, #MockPit host, and recurring character on the WordNerds vlog. Before becoming a freelance editor, Kyra spent several years interning at a literary agency and working in house for various publications. She has also taught university courses in composition, grammar, and editing.
Leah Pierre - @leahbene
Leah Pierre is a literary agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in English and History from Rosemont College and is currently pursuing her master's in Publishing. Though an agent, editing is her first love as she has always been dedicated to helping authors develop their stories and produce their best work.
Michelle Rascon - @editorrascon
Michelle Rascon is a freelance fiction editor with over five years of experience working with successful self-publishing and traditional authors. Her goal is to strengthen your writing while respecting your unique voice. An introvert at heart, Michelle enjoys naps, reading, gaming, listening to music, and cuddling with her cat.
Miranda Darrow - @Miranda_Darrow
Miranda Darrow is a freelance editor and award-winning author of romance, YA, SFF, and women’s fiction. She’s a member of the #RevPit and lives with her husband and sons in Minneapolis where she facilitates two critique groups (romance and SFF) and is a frequent presenter to writing groups.
Natasha Hanova - @NatashaHanova
Natasha Hanova is a thorough and understanding freelance content editor. She’s represented by Veronica Park of Fuse Literary. Natasha believes it’s important for writers to have accomplishable editing goals. Her experiences as a biracial Black woman fuel her storytelling and her endeavors to lift and support other marginalized writers.
Tiffany White - @tiffanykaye_
Tiffany White is the editor behind Writers Untapped. She works on many genres, including fantasy, sci-fi, and romance in both adult and YA. As a former teacher, Tiffany approaches editing with the mindset of an instructor, guiding clients so they learn from their mistakes and grow as writers.
Tyler Zeoli - @TylerZeoli
Tyler Zeoli (they/them) is a Developmental Editor, GhostWriter, Activist, and CEO/co-founder of WriteHive – a free, virtual online writing community and conference dedicated to supporting and uplifting underrepresented voices. They specialize in SFF, horror, literary fiction, and memoir.
We hope to see you participate! And remember that every writer can benefit from following the #10Queries thread.