Tuesday, April 5, 2011

And the winner is...

Congratulations to every brave participant who entered the contest.

Ali with her pitch of "Become." We all loved this great example of a concise and intriguing pitch. Fabulous job Ali!!
Ali will be invited to join us on April 26th for our practice your pitch writer's group with the Inkers. We look forward to seeing you. Please send your pages for review to me at dmilakovic(at)gmail(dot)com.

2nd place goes to...
Valerie! We liked the clean pitch with just enough detail to get us hooked. Valerie stated her genre, conflict, and hook. Great job. Please send us the 5 pages for review and feedback. You can use the above email.

3rd place goes to...
Jolene for her awesome pitch as well. We really liked the premise of this story. You stayed with the initial conflict and hook. We'd love to read some of this story. Send on over your pages as well.

Now I'm taking a little license here and I'm going to add an honorable mention. Taffy got her share of votes for pure intrigue and facinating idea.

Not every editor or agent is looking for the same thing and we were definitly looking for a few of the things that Kristen Nelson mentions in her workshop. The pitch should be concise and focusssed on the conflict and the characters. We want to care before we open the pages.

Bonnie Mom-We love the concept of hikers being kidnapped because they know too much about a UFO and the falling in love is a great hook. I liked the voice of this pitch as well.

Robbin-intriguing idea as well. Liked it a lot. I'm interested to know if the changes the character faces upon his return are good changes or bad.

For more comprehensive comments, including notes from the group on improving your pitch specifically, please email me at dmilakovic(at)gmail(dot)com to request them.


  1. Thanks, you guys! I'll send my first five. Congrats Ali and Jolene!

  2. Congratulations to the winners! Ali, I look forward to meeting you :)