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, October 14th - October 28th.
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 14th 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, October 14th: Contest drawing opens for writers. Writers will enter through Rafflecopter (access at the bottom of the page. It will not be active until Oct 14th).
- The drawing will close at 11:59pm, Eastern time on Friday.
- To be eligible to win, writers can only enter through Rafflecopter.
- Saturday, October 15th: 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 19th. In order to provide enough time for editors to read all materials, no late submissions will be accepted.
- Wednesday, October 19th - Friday, October 28th: Editors will review the submission packages.
- Friday, October 28th: 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 a writer, editor and teacher. She’s been working with writers for over 13 years and recently launched The Confident Writer Podcast and The Confident Writer Live Course, where she shares actionable, effective, easy to digest advice so anyone can write the book of their heart.
Carly Hayward - @fromcarly
CARLY HAYWARD is a developmental editor who will help you bring your book to light. With 10+ years in publishing, she’s worked all over the industry and is one half of Story Chat Radio. Editing combines her love of reading, giving advice, and logic puzzles.
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.
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 is a writer, editor, and recovering academic. During her linguistics graduate program, she studied children's literature, query letters, and narrative nonfiction.
Megan Records - @meganrecords
Megan Records has been a professional editor for over 15 years and 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.
We hope to see you participate! And remember that every writer can benefit from following the #10Queries thread.