First things first - let's get right to what you want to know.
I narrowed the 80+ pitches down to about half, and then from there down to 11. Let me tell you, it's a tough job.
The 11 that made the shortlist are:
Narrowing it down to the FINAL FIVE was even more difficult. I let them sit and went back to them several times before deciding on the five who are now eligible to send me a first chapter. I'll critique it and hopefully be back next Monday with the final winner.
Thank you to all who entered. Congrats to the finalists! I mentioned to my CP that the final five are such a tight field that it really is simply going to come down to the first chapter holding up. It is going to be a tough, tough decision and I wish there were five of me to go around.
This week, I'll be posting some of my thoughts on the pitches in general, though each entrant will receive an e-mail with some specific feedback. I learned a lot about pitching as I got to put myself in an agent's or editor's chair for a few hours. Submitting what an editor or agent asks for must make their job easier and I'm sure it's appreciated. People like things that make their job easier. :-) The majority of entrants did this and it was great!
Right - back tomorrow with a few thoughts and observations about the pitching process.