I’ve been selected as a 2018 Pitch Wars mentor.
You can find out more about Pitch Wars and what the point of the program is right HERE.
Before I continue, real quick bit since I noticed an influx of folks following me after the mentors were announced: hi, hello – I’m Angel. I write. I’m loud. I give a damn.
Cool? We’re done with the formalities.
That said, why the hell did I toss my name into this hat?
I don’t like pretending I’m anywhere near the word “successful” when it comes to writing. If you know me, you’ve heard me say that I’m more of a professional reject and an amateur success. I also don’t like the false pretenses that run wild in the publishing community because I feel it hurts new writers – myself included – in their endeavors. Choosing to chase a dream like being published is hard and I think there are a lot of things that can make it harder, especially when we don’t talk about them.
What I do like is helping people. I like talking shop and being honest and wishing folks well in their endeavors. I like feeling professional jealousy and working in parallel or in competition with peers or those above me.
In my short time writing with a goal, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have writers who have helped me at nearly every step without anything asked of me. In my mind, doing what they did for me is the best way to show my appreciation and that’s ultimately why I chose to put Pitch Wars onto my plate. We’re fortunate enough to work in a world where there is always opportunity to uplift each other and watch each other accomplish great things.
So I’m thrilled at the idea of paying it forward and I am so excited to see what the next few months bring. Best of luck to all the Pitch Wars applicants. Don’t overthink it and don’t overdo it. You put in the work and the work will be noticed.