Our annual RevPit contest in the spring of this year was one of the best ones yet. We introduced more editors to the RevPit community, and helped tons of authors develop their work. With the fun of summer over and the coziness of Autumn upon us, it seems high time we held one of our favorite mini events: 10Queries!
If you’ve been around the community, you know what this is already, but to those who are new, the #10Queries Mini Event is a content where writers submit their query letter and first 5 pages of their manuscript for professional editor feedback (via Twitter)!
This event will take place October 18th, 2019 - October 25th.
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, October 18th 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 April. For this #10queries event, winners will not receive a full edit.
- Friday, October 18th: Contest drawing opens for writers. Writers will enter through Rafflecopter (access at the bottom of the page. It will not be active until Oct. 18th).
- The drawing will close at 11:59pm, Eastern time on Friday.
- To be eligible to win, writers can only enter through Rafflecopter.
- Saturday, October 19th: 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 21st. In order to provide enough time for editors to read all materials, no late submissions will be accepted.
- Monday, October 21st – Thursday, October 24th: Editors will review the submission packages.
- Friday, October 25th: Editors will share their #10queries throughout the day! They will tweet from 9am EST - 7pm 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:
Carly Hayward - @fromcarly
Carly Hayward is a developmental editor who will help you find your voice and bring your book to light. With 10+ years in publishing, she’s worked all over the industry. Editing combines her love of reading, giving advice, and logic puzzles. Carly will be your book’s best friend.
Editor Cassandra - @OnlyCassandra
The complete Ravenclaw package, Editor Cassandra earned her MA in Creative Writing on the Novel track from Newcastle University. She can be found taking MMA 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.
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.
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.
Jay Whistler - @JayWhistler
Jay Whistler is a young adult novelist, a professional editor, an acquisitions reader for a literary agency, and an editor for a literary journal. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in Technical Writing from Bowling Green State University. She previously taught writing at the college and university level for over sixteen years.
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.
Kyra Nelson - @KyraMNelson
Kyra began her editorial career as an intern for A+B Works Literary Agency. She has been freelancing for five years. As a graduate student, Kyra wrote her thesis on Young Adult literature. Kyra loves hiking, baking, Pokémon Go, and—of course—books.
Maria Tureaud - @Maria_Tureaud
Maria is one half Tolkien, one half Captain Kirk. With twelve years freelance, developmental editing under her belt, and a sometimes-masochistic love for query writing, she strives to break down doors, change conversations, and help writers achieve their best—one word at a time.
Michelle Rascon - @editorrascon
Michelle Rascon is a freelance fiction editor who works with self-publishing and traditional authors to strengthen their writing while respecting their unique voice. Her specialties are dark fantasy, LGBTQ+, paranormal romance and fantasy, and women’s fiction. Michelle enjoys naps, reading, binge-watching medical or crime dramas, and playing video games.
r.r. Campbell - @iamrrcampbell
r.r. campbell is an author, writing coach, and the founder of the Writescast Network, a podcast collective for writers, by writers. He is also a creative writing instructor for the University of Wisconsin's Continuing Studies in Writing program.
We hope to see you participate! And remember that every writer can benefit from following the #10Queries thread on October 25th.