Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Sekrit Project revealed


I saw so many glorious pitches come through my own inbox for Pitch Wars, as well as other mentors', that it made me really sad that only a small percentage were going to make the final cut.

Then a new opportunity arose for me to scout through the entries for two independent publishers. I've received a wish list, which includes YA and NA pitches.

How I'm doing it to protect the authors:

Because the decision to query an independent publisher is a very personal one I am not passing on the queries. Instead I am creating a micro pitch that identifies the genre, a one sentence pitch and then adding any personal thoughts on the query. This way the author, the MS name and the main premise are kept private in case the author isn't interested in those publishers.

The editors will let me know if they're interested in seeing any of these pitches in query form. I will then contact the author letting them know that an editor is interested in seeing their query and that they can reference the Pitch Wars Sekrit Project in their query.

It will be totally up to the author if they want to submit to the publisher, or if they want to hold out for an agent.

So, if you are a Pitch Warrior (a Pitch Wars participant) and you want me to look at your pitch for Sekrit Project consideration, please leave your name and MS title in the comments and I'll make sure I hunt it out to look at it.

Also - let me know in the comments if you DO NOT want me to micro pitch your project (you want an agent first, you're not interested in independent publishers).

Please note I won't be putting it out there publicly who I micro-pitched to the editors and it'll be up to the authors if they want to put anything out in the public area if they get an invitation to query.

The Sekrit Project is only for people who participated in Pitch Wars and did not get selected as a top pick or as an alternate.





post signature

43 comments:

  1. Hey Sharon, this sounds brilliant and I'd love to pitch my MS. My name is Louise Gornall and my MS is titled Mere Mortal Mona.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OOH! I really liked Mere Mortal Mona. :-)

      Delete
    2. Thanks, Fiona! I love hearing this!! :)

      Delete
  2. Yay! Sekrit project revealed... and I'm in awe how wonderful you and all the other mentors have been. These words don't seem to be enough to show how grateful we are, but THANK YOU!
    *Raises hand* Yes please, include me and thanks for keeping this anonymous :D
    Rene Gilley - SEVEN OAKS, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love it! Sharon, you are too generous!
    Please include me in your Sekrit project. Thank you!
    Michaele Stoughton - REACH

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ooh, ooh count me in - and thank you so much for the additional opportunity!
    Marlene Moss - ELEMENTAL FIRE

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yes!!!

    S P McConnell
    S.P.O.O.K.

    You are wicked cool to do this!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I liked this one too! Just sayin' (yes, I am stalking your blog, because HOW DID I NOT KNOW IT WAS HERE????). *grin*

      Delete
  6. Sharon, please do count me in for the Sekrit Project, if you can! I say "if" because of the genre, but you know the industry better than I.

    Robyn Oyeniyi - LOVE VERSUS GOLIATH

    ReplyDelete
  7. I was guessing something like this from your cryptic tweets, but it's even more awesome than I imagined :) . Sadly, my #Pitchwars MS was adult, so I won't be participating, but it's severely awesome of you nonetheless.

    Heaps of luck to the #sekritproject entrants!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'd like to participate.

    Maria Mainero, with CREEPY BOY

    ReplyDelete
  9. I'll toss in my hat...why not...am I allowed to update the pitch based on the feedback?

    Michele Rieppel- Utopos

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you for considering this, Sharon. I would love to be considered.

    Jillian Thaw - SKYROADS

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Sharon! After getting all of my feedback, I know my manuscript isn't ready yet... I have a lot of work to do, and it wouldn't be ready. So you can take mine out of the running (if you were looking at it) and leave room open for those who are: Laura Troutman: The Gargoyle Princess. Thank you and this is so awesome... Will you let us know/give us numbers of how many Pitch Warriors get requests from the Publishers? Good Luck everyone!!! I can't wait till my book is ready to join you someday :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Yes I would like to participate. So kind of you to share this opportunity. My name is Celine Garcia and my NA title is Sunday Girl. Thank you!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. My MS wasn't YA or NA, so I can't say yes.

    Thanks, Sharon. This is appreciated even if I can't participate.

    ReplyDelete
  14. What you're doing is awesome. Thank you so much.
    Right now I want to wait to get an agent for Glowing Shadow but I really appreciate the opportunity
    Thanks! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Name: Crystal Licata
    Title: THE THINGS THAT ARE

    ReplyDelete
  16. Awesomeness!

    Allison Russell - LILY IN THE VALLEY

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow! This is a really fantastic opportunity for all the brave Pitch Wars participants. If this includes all MG and YA writers from the contest, and not just those that subbed you, I'd rather not be included.(Courtney Washburn, NIGHTMUTE.)I'd like to find an agent first and haven't even started querying. I do hope you post some numbers after the requests go out. It would be fun to see. ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  18. Count me in : Stephanie Sauvinet - Arkasia.

    Thank you for setting this up!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'll throw my name in the hat :) Meradeth Houston, An Absence of Light. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Yes thanks! QUICKSILVER, Lynn Lovegreen

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Sharon. :) Please add me to the list. Kristin Reynolds, The Book of John. Thank you so much!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I just sent you a DM on Twitter, but please enter Isla's Inheritance as well. Thanks. - Cassandra Page

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh this sounds like an awesome idea. Thank you! My name is Jessica Foster and I too am addicted to writing . . . Oh wait . . . you want my title. My title is THE MAGE'S BOND. Please add me to the list.

    ReplyDelete
  24. You're welcome to pass my ms along, if you think it's something they might be looking for. (Veronica Bartles, KISSING FROGS) :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. All for this. Chelsey Blair Kendig, GHOST LIGHT

    ReplyDelete
  26. Count me in! Dream Maker by Mandie Baxter

    ReplyDelete
  27. This is soooo cool. Thank you for taking the time and energy to help writers. It's wonderful to have mentor-writers help us reach our goals. It's like having the lion, tin-man and lion walking us down the yellow-brick path to publication! We're all one big team!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Lori A. Goldstein (@_lagold)December 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    This would be great. Appreciate you going to this extra effort!

    Becoming Jinn by Lori A. Goldstein

    ReplyDelete
  29. LOL I saw a tweet from Sharon early on worrying no one had replied. Bet she is not worrying now.

    Adult authors: Sharon says "including" not "only".

    ReplyDelete
  30. Appreciate the offer, but please do not include my pitch. I'd prefer to go the traditional route.
    Thanks,
    K. Mehigan

    ReplyDelete
  31. Thank you. This is a great offer. If they're interesting in upper MG, please count me in: M.K. Becker, Threeland.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Why not? Count me in. "The Unfortunate Wishes of Matthew Watson" by Austin Light

    ReplyDelete
  33. Thank you so much for this second opportunity for the #PitchWarriors. You are amazing! ~ Kristina L. Martin, YA historical, THE BLUE DRESS

    ReplyDelete
  34. Is this YA/NA only? I'm on the fence and I write Adult.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Mine was adult, so I can't say yes. But thanks for doing this!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thank you so much! I'd love you to pitch mine. THE SIDEWALK'S REGRETS, by Kate Larkindale. It's a YA contemporary.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Since it seems to be YA only, I'll say no, don't put mine in. It was adult anyway, so it doesn't qualify. But thanks for doing it for people that can participate =)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Is this NA and YA only? If not, you can consider my novel, THE OTHER VAN ZANT by Bill Ferris. Either way, thanks for doing this, it's a really cool idea.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Amazing! With year-end promotion comes to its zenith. Diablohome is now giving a huge thanks to everyone who support us with extra free 10% bonus for diablo 3 gold. You must be eager to know some details. Just let the following reveal the answer.
    Free Extra 10% Bonus for Diablo 3 Gold Buying
    You can get extra 10% bonus if buy diablo 3 gold for normal mode on our site, the more d3 gold you buy, the more bonus you get.
    More tags: buy diablo 3 gold diablo gold

    ReplyDelete
  40. So what's new on the sekritproject front?

    ReplyDelete