#CritsfromCait: In Which I Steal an Idea from My Former Mentor

With her permission, of course.

Hello, PitchWars friends!

You may not know me. I didn’t ask to be a mentor this year because I’m kind of crunched for time, but I was in Pitch Wars last year, and Rae was my mentor. I’m sad I can’t be an official part of the contest, so I decided to offer some crits. And since Rae is my former mentor/current CP, I’m going to sort of continue #CritsfromRae. Except this is #CritsfromCait.

*trumpet fanfare*

So, I am not Rae. My critique style is different. Our opinions are different. But I promise I’m qualified. I’m represented by the fabulous literary agent Marlene Stringer and recently signed a three-book deal for my fantasy/romance series, SWORN, which is set to be released sometime next year (see my announcement post here).

The Rules

(taken directly from Rae’s blog with a few tweaks)

1- You don’t have to follow my blog or me on Twitter. (Would I like it? Yes. Will I check? No.) This is open to anyone with a completed manuscript who wants to enter Pitch Wars, regardless of category or genre. Note from Caitlyn: You SHOULD follow Rae if you haven’t yet. She tweets and blogs smart things.

2- Post why you deserve a Pitch Wars critique on the hashtag #CritsfromCait between noon EST and midnight EST every day August 11-13. That means you have THREE chances to win!

3- I will pick three people to receive a free Query + 1st 250 words critique from me.

4- The winners will be posted here on the blog.

5- I will send the winners instructions on what to do next. ALL critiques will be completed before Pitch Wars starts. Cross my heart.

The Disclaimers


(also taken from Rae’s blog)

1- I’m biased. I’m a human being. If I write something on your pitch/ms/submission, it is an observation/opinion from my perspective. It is not some universal truth that must be obeyed. Take my suggestions — and ANY suggestions you get — with a grain of salt. I do not know you. I do not know your story. I am a fresh set of eyes.

2- I am not conspiring with anyone to steer you wrong, but I am not a genie that can instantly get you an agent. Manage your expectations, please.

3- I will not share your critique with anyone.

4- I’m not out to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I’m not going to beat around the bush. I’ve had to take my share of criticism, and I will have to take much more in the future. We all will. We deal with it. We go on. Please don’t fly into a rage and flame me or anyone I care about. (This goes for ANY criticism you receive from ANYONE. Even if you hate the advice, you say “thank you for your time” and move on.)

5- Querying is serious business, yes, but don’t let it drive you to do anything you will regret.

I look forward to helping you with your queries!

About Caitlyn McFarland

Mom of three girls, writer of fantasy novels.
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2 Responses to #CritsfromCait: In Which I Steal an Idea from My Former Mentor

  1. aightball says:

    Do we post only one time each day? Just clarifying so I don’t goof and post more than is allowed =)

  2. Once each day should be fine. I don’t mind if you tweet a few times because you have a couple of great ideas, but probably not more than that. Good luck! 🙂

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