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.
This fall, we are hosting a bonus #10Queries event, October 16th - October 30th, along with Camp RevPit (and an art contest!).
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 16th 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 16th: Contest drawing opens for writers. Writers will enter through Rafflecopter (access at the bottom of the page. It will not be active until Oct. 16th).
- The drawing will close at 11:59pm, Eastern time on Friday.
- To be eligible to win, writers can only enter through Rafflecopter.
- Saturday, October 17th: 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 21st. In order to provide enough time for editors to read all materials, no late submissions will be accepted.
- Wednesday, October 21st - Friday, October 30th: Editors will review the submission packages.
- Friday, October 30th: 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 B. Morales - @theadahbeatrice
Adah is a freelance editor and lover of all things fantasy. As a student, she studied creative writing and developed her passion for editorial work. Her freelancing career began with Tessera Editorial. When not reading and raving about immersive, character-driven books, she’s gaming, scrapbooking, or singing wildly off-key.
Bethany Hensel - @bethanyhensel13
Bethany Hensel is an author, editor and teacher with over 10 years’ experience. She’s worked with debut novelists and international bestsellers. More Captain von Trapp than Maria, she’s for the writer who’s fully expecting hard work. Her mission is to help you realize your story to its most wonderful potential.
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. Find her online @hannahvanvels.
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.
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.
Maria Tureaud - @Maria_Tureaud
Maria Tureaud—the query queen—is half Tolkien, half Kirk. Represented by Amy Giuffrida of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, Maria is also a Developmental Editor; molding magic with words to help clients create the best versions of their stories.
Megan Records - @@meganrecords
A former Kensington editor with 14+ years of experience, Megan specializes in romance, YA, and mysteries. She is now a freelance editor and loves helping authors and publishers tell awesome stories.
Michelle Rascon - @editorrascon
Michelle is a freelance fiction editor with five years of experience editing for 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, binge-watching medical or crime dramas, and cuddling with her cat.
Miranda Darrow - @Miranda_Darrow
Miranda Darrow is an award-winning author of romance, YA, SFF, and women’s fiction. She’s a freelance editor and #RevPit board member. She lives with her husband and sons in Minneapolis where she facilitates two critique groups: romance and SFF-focused, and is a frequent presenter to writing groups.
Natasha Hanova - @NatashaHanova
Natasha Hanova is a thorough and understanding freelance developmental editor. She believes it’s important for writers to come through the editing process with goals they can accomplish. When she’s not editing, she’s sipping tea with a good book, watching Doctor Who, or playing cards with her friends.
Renae Moore - @Renaegade
Renae Moore is a reviewer and sci-fi enthusiast from the Midwest and South. She enjoys binge watching anime as much as getting lost in the pages of a fantasy book.
Selena Del Valle - @selenadv7
Selena has experience as an editorial intern for an indie publisher, a mentee with Tessera Editorial, and a RevPit mentee. She is a writer of YA fantasy, retellings, and Adult horror. She works as a counselor with at-risk teens.
Tarie Sabido - @TarieS
Tarie loves collaborating with writers to create powerful stories. She is Chair of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People, a nonprofit for the development of Filipino children’s books. Tarie was on the editorial reading team for Foreshadow, the serial YA anthology created by Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma.
Tiffany Grimes - @theqtiffany
Tiffany Grimes is the founder of Burgeon Design and Editorial. She holds an MFA from Hamline University in writing for children and young adults, and her fiction has appeared in Feels Blind Literary, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Microfiction Monday Magazine, and The Fiction Pool.
Victoria Griffin - @victoria_grif7
Victoria is a fiction editor and the owner of Blue Pen Books, where she manages a team of industry professionals. She also teaches live workshops on topics related to self-editing and querying literary agents. Victoria's short fiction has appeared in more than forty publications, and she is represented by Sandy Lu of Book Wyrm Literary Agency. Victoria lives in East Tennessee with a very energetic husky and spends her weekends backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains.
We hope to see you participate! And remember that every writer can benefit from following the #10Queries thread.