PitchWars selections happen on Thursday. There are, as there have been in years past, a ton of incredibly talented applicants looking to be a mentee in the hopes of, ultimately, gaining agent representation. Representation is a goal a lot of us, as writers, have. It's a good goal. An attainable one.
But for a lot of us, Thursday will come with heartbreak and disappointment.
And it's okay to be disappointed.
It's okay to look around and say my best wasn't good enough in certain ways, and it's a difficult reminder that this process is a lot like the publishing process - it's incredibly subjective. I can go through my email and find a huge number of my rejected queries that say I write well, but the agent/editor didn't connect with the characters the way they needed to.
This was one of the hardest lessons to wrap my head around, and sometimes it still gets to me. Just like the way Thursday will get to me.
You can be disappointed. You can eat your feelings with ice cream and beer, and watch your favorite movies. That's totally allowed. (I will most likely be doing some form of this at the end of the week.) But you can't wallow forever, which means you have to decide whether you're going to throw in the towel or keep going.
Please don't throw in the towel.
If you need to, shelve the project you entered for PitchWars for a little while. Write something new. Rewrite a previous work. But don't dwell on the hurt and disappointment, and please, please don't give up. There are multiple ways to get to the destination - that destination being agent representation, a book deal, etc - and PitchWars is just one of those ways. Contests are just one of those ways.
In the end, the journey you took to get there will be worth it. Believe me.
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