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 13th - October 27th.
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 post about the submission using the [10Queries] tag on our subreddit. Winners will not know which editor received their submissions until after the 10Queries posts have been posted.
Posts will consist of brief feedback based on the editors' first impressions of the winners' queries and first five pages.
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 13th 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, October 13th: Contest drawing opens for writers. Writers will enter through Rafflecopter (access at the bottom of the page. It will not be active until Oct 13th).
- The drawing will close at 11:59pm, Eastern time on Friday.
- To be eligible to win, writers can only enter through Rafflecopter.
- Saturday, October 14th: Winners will be notified via email. They will then be asked to submit their query/five pages to a RevPit Google form.
- Winners must submit their materials to the Revise & Resub email address no later than 11:00AM EST on Wednesday the 18th. In order to provide enough time for editors to read all materials, no late submissions will be accepted.
- Wednesday, October 18th - Friday, October 27th: Editors will review the submission packages.
- Friday, October 27th: Editors will share their #10queries throughout the day! They will post from 9am EST - 9pm EST. Winners will not be named in the posts. Editors will email writers separately to notify which #10Queries post 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 posts.
Editors participating in this event:
Joel Brigham - u/joelbrigham
Joel Brigham (Brigham Editorial) is a developmental editor and editorial consultant for The Purcell Agency. He’s a former professional sports journalist and current high school educator and YA/MG author. He is also a newly-minted member of the RevPit board.
Leah Rambadt - u/thecraftyfox_twc
Leah Rambadt is a speculative fiction author, a freelance fantasy editor, and the owner of The Crafty Fox Editing Services. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from American University, and her publishing certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute. When she’s not working, you’ll find her geeking out over manga, anime, or LEGOs.
Madelyn Knecht - u/madhopek
Madelyn is a freelance editor at MadHope Editorial with 7+ years of writing and editing experience. She was a RevPit 2020 mentee and has two Australian Shepherd sons.
Megan Records - u/meganrecords
Megan Records has been a professional editor for over 15 years. She particularly loves romance, mysteries, and YA. She has a M.S. in Publishing and worked at Kensington Publishing. When not editing, you can find her singing rather loudly to a variety of music and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Miranda Darrow - u/Miranda_Darrow
Miranda Darrow’s an author, freelance editor, #RevPit board member, and story sleuth. As an editor, she 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 - u/NatashaHanova
Natasha Hanova is a thorough and understanding freelance developmental editor whose experiences as a biracial woman fuel not only her storytelling, but her endeavors to lift and support other marginalized writers. Natasha believes it’s important for writers to come through the editing process with goals they can accomplish.
Nicole Frail - u/NicoleFrailEdits
Nicole Frail is a senior editor at a small traditional publishing company, where she works on both children's and adult books. She also offers editorial services on a freelance basis to querying authors, indie authors, and private clients. Follow her at @nicolefrailedits on FB and IG or nicolefrail.com.
Raquel Brown - u/RaquelBrownEdits
Raquel Brown is a UChicago-trained editor and story coach for fantastic, eccentric, and enchanting fiction. In her editing practice, she works closely with authors to help them hone their craft and achieve their writing goals. She also edits for indie and Big Five publishers, and is an SD/PEN board member.
We hope to see you participate! And remember that every writer can benefit from following the 10Queries posts.