So now that revisions are firmly under way and I’ve caught back up on the housework, a few thoughts for you.
- Most importantly, why did we pick the one we did? A couple reasons.
- A strong romance element, like we asked for. Many got eliminated because the romance element wasn’t clearly present or wasn’t prominent enough. There were several we requested that just didn’t have the romance featuring as much as we wanted, and it could only be developed further by changing more of the core of the story than we’re comfortable with suggesting. One thing I advise to all writers, is to know what the core of your story is, and what you’re willing to change. Keep that core,
- Jessie’s MS is an Ownvoices trans story, and my SO is trans, though they’re heading opposite directions. I saw immediately areas to improve in the MS, while I was also enjoying it enough to really want to go through it a few more times. This is the kind of project I realllllly want to see in the world, because it’s not about the character being trans. It’s about her falling in love, and has a fabulous thriller angle that reminded me of Lisa Jackson.
- The marketability was the strongest out of the bunch.
- We will be sending feedback to some of the ones we requested, at least the ones that we feel our feedback would be useful on. Those that will be getting feedback should have it this month. If you don’t get any feedback by then, we probably didn’t get far enough in to end up with much for you to work from. Some requests had the misfortune to be read after Jessie’s, at which point we read just enough to decide we weren’t going to pick it, and that doesn’t necessarily give you anything useful to work from. The time crunch was serious, and while I’d gladly edit many of the projects as part of Chimera, I don’t have time to do much feedback from the contest aside from that and my other commitments. I’ve got a lot on my plate this month, so don’t read anything into it if I can’t get to you.
- What about those we didn’t request? Why didn’t we? There were a few others who caught our attention and had really good writing, but just weren’t as marketable as the ones we requested from. Some, the writing wasn’t quite there, or we didn’t feel the concept was something we really wanted to work with. Like, there was this REALLY cool sounding one. The head hopping perspective would have driven me up the wall in short order, and that’s super subjective. Not really something I’d thought to add to the wishlist as something I didn’t want. (It will make the list next year, along with Historical set stuff if paired with KT. We get too hung up on the details on those). There were a LOT of projects I think we could help, if they were Chimera projects, but pitchwars mentoring is very different. We have such a limited time to make the changes, and we do try to pick something the agents involved in the contest are likely to take at least some interest in.
I’m really thrilled with both Jessie’s story and how amazingly we’ve hit it off. We have an amazing amount in common, and we’re having a lot of fun digging into her story to make it even better. There’s only one gif that fits this: