Interview with Elissa Dickey

Our interview today is with Elissa Dickey, a Women’s Fiction and Suspense writer, and member of the Pitch Wars Class of 2016. You can find her on her website and on twitter, if you want to learn more! 

What would you say to someone thinking about entering Pitch Wars?

Right about now, you’re probably asking yourself: Should I enter Pitch Wars? What if I put myself out there and don’t get in? What if nobody even requests to see any more of my pages?

Well, trust me, I’ve been there.

Two years ago, I’d recently finished my first manuscript when I heard of a contest called Pitch Wars. The chance to work with a mentor and a shot at the agent round sounded fabulous. So with high hopes, I entered.

And I got no requests. Zero.

It was a tough moment, believe me. But I had been introduced to an amazing writing community. I was also lucky enough to get feedback from a mentor who was providing it to everyone who submitted to her.

So I kept going.

I revised. I entered a critique partner match event. I sent out queries. I had ups and downs, requests and rejections.

By the time Pitch Wars rolled around again last year, I was working on something new that I was excited about, but it wasn’t finished. Then I found out it was okay to enter the same manuscript as the previous year as long as it had been revised.

I hesitated at first…what if I got no requests again? But in the end—with encouragement from my CPs, friends, and family—I decided I had to try. If anything, I figured this was one last shot for this manuscript. So I took the chance.

I’m glad I did. I was lucky enough to be selected as a mentee this time. A few months later, I signed with my agent.

So if you’re sitting there on the fence, wondering if you should enter, I say go for it. You might not get chosen, but you will learn, you will grow, and you’ll become part of a supportive writing community.

No matter what happens, keep taking all the chances you can—because you never know which opportunity will be the right one for you.

What is the one gif that represents your Pitch Wars experience?

I’m so grateful to my mentors, Meredith Ireland and Kara Leigh Miller, and to Brenda Drake and the entire Pitch Wars community.





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