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 27th - February 10th.
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 27thth until 11:59 PM Eastern. 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 27th: Contest drawing opens for writers. Writers will enter through Rafflecopter (access at the bottom of the page. It will not be active until Jan 27th).
- The drawing will close at 11:59pm, Eastern time on Friday.
- To be eligible to win, writers can only enter through Rafflecopter.
- Saturday, January 28th: 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 1st. In order to provide enough time for editors to read all materials, no late submissions will be accepted.
- Wednesday, February 1st - Friday, February 10th: Editors will review the submission packages.
- Friday, February 10th: 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 host of the Confident Writer Podcast. She has been teaching and working with writers for over thirteen years and continues to guide them from blank page to The End through her various courses and one-on-one services. You can read more at bethanyhensel.com
Caroline Tell - @carolinemtell
Caroline M. Tell is a freelance novel editor specializing in YA, fantasy, and romance. She's an avid reader and a writer of her own fictional stories. As an editor, her philosophy is to draw out the very best in her clients’ works and to figure out what makes a story truly shine. Whether that's tightening up the prose, making sure the story makes sense, or simply keeping track of grammar and language usage, her goal is to help authors create stories readers will love. Before book editing, she worked as a freelance communications consultant for nonprofits and created content for two publishing websites that cover news and data within the trade book industry.
Hannah VanVels Ausbury - @hannahvanvels
Hannah VanVels Ausbury is an editor and literary agent. She loves working closely with authors and coming alongside them to make their vision come to life on page. Previously, Hannah acquired young adult books at HarperCollins. She lives in Michigan with her spouse, two German shepherds, and two cats.
Joel Brigham - @joelbrigham
I’m the owner of Brigham Editorial, which specializes in developmental editing and query services, and as an editorial assistant at a literary agency (The Purcell Agency), I know what grabs agents’ attention in query packages. I’m also a high school English teacher, which means my feedback is fire emoji.
Leah Pierre - @leahbene
Leah graduated from Rosemont College with a B.A. in English and History and soon after became an agent at Ladderbird Literary Agency. She then went on to receive her M.A. in Publishing from her alma mater. Leah likes to spend her time enjoying the company of fictional characters more than people.
Maria Tureaud - @Maria_Tureaud
Maria Tureaud hails from the west coast of Ireland. With fourteen years experience as an editor, Maria serves on the Revise and Resub Board, and when she’s not sprinkling magic into client manuscripts, you can find her drinking tea and writing books (The Last Hope in Hopetown out now).
Megan Records - @meganrecords
Megan Records has been a professional editor for 15 years. She edits most types of fiction, but particularly loves romance, mysteries, and YA. When not editing, you can find her singing rather loudly to a variety of music, trying to convince herself to exercise, and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Michelle Rascon - @editorrascon
Michelle Rascon is a freelance fiction editor with over seven years of experience working with successful self-publishing and querying 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’s a freelance editor, #RevPit board member, and story sleuth who digs deep into your manuscript to uncover the best version of your story. She’s a writer and voracious reader who has turned her passion for books into a career helping authors develop the intricate facets of their stories.
Natasha Hanova - @NatashaHanova
Natasha Hanova loves imaginative problem solving and discussing the craft of writing with others. She writes sweet and evocative romance with a dark twist and is represented by Amy Giuffrida. Natasha’s experiences as a biracial woman fuel her storytelling and her endeavors to lift and support other marginalized writers.
Tiffany Grimes - @theqtiffany
Tiffany Grimes is a disaster bi who writes messy queer characters who take up space, get in trouble, and are already out. She's got an MFA in writing, craves stories that delve into the deepest truths, and is obsessed with her cats.
We hope to see you participate! And remember that every writer can benefit from following the #10Queries thread.