That Would Be Enough (Pitch Wars edition) + Giveaway

Tomorrow picks will be announced for Pitch Wars. Yay! Excitement!

For a select few, it’s going to be a great day, the culmination of a lot of hard work, and the start of even more hard work. However, for the vast majority, I’m not going to lie, you might have a rough time. It’s going to be disappointing, no matter how well you’ve prepared yourself. Maybe you’re reading this after picks have already been announced and your name’s not on the list and you’re feeling like a failure.

Well, let me start by saying, you are not a failure.

Not by a long shot.

You have done something brave. Two brave things, in fact! You wrote a novel, and then you submitted it to this contest. That takes guts. A lot of would-be writers stumble at the first hurdle of rejection. You looked the potential for rejection right in the eyes and said “meh.” I hope you will continue being awesome and courageous and diligent. Keep writing and editing, and query. Query like the wind.

That said, as small consolation for those not chosen for Pitch Wars, I thought I’d bring a little levity to the situation by butchering a beautiful Hamilton song because Hamilton is how I cope, and maybe it will help you, too.

Disclaimer: This will be a lot better if you know the song, so if you’re unfamiliar or want a reminder:


[[To the tune of “That Would Be Enough” from Hamilton: An American Revolution]]

Look around, look around at how lucky we are
To be authors right now
Look around, look around…

How long have you known?

A few days or so

Author, you should have told me

And broken all of Brenda’s rules?


I tweeted to temper hopes

You should have picked me

I’m so sorry

I knew you’d fret                                       MENTEE:
Until Pitch Wars was done                                 I’m sure done.

But weren’t the last few weeks kind of fun?
Look around, look around at how lucky we are
With this great community.

Should I relish being rejected again
Unable to earn myself a single win?


I’d remind you of your effort
Look around, look around…

Look at where you are
Look at where you started
This book you’ve written is a miracle
Just keep writing, that would be enough

And if your book
Shares a fraction of your time
Or a fragment of your heart, look out world!
That would be enough

I don’t pretend to know
The emotions you are feeling
The words you keep repealing or replaying in your mind

But I’m not concerned
I know you will make it
Just continue to write every day
That would be enough

You don’t need a contest
To get a good agent, but
If I could grant you peace of mind
If you’d lend me your ear once more…

Oh, never give up on your narrative
Or this story we will read someday
Let this moment be the first chapter:
Where you decide, Okay.
I am still enough
And the art’s enough

That would be enough

But wait, there’s more!

If my lyrical prowess isn’t enough (I know, I’m a regular Lin-Manuel Miranda), then maybe you’ll be more interested in a giveaway! What am I giving away, exactly?


  • 3 First Chapter Critiques (content AND line)
  • 3 Query Critiques
  • $100 dollars off an editorial service (limited to: Content Editing, Line Editing, or The Whole Shebang) for two lucky entrants

That means there are a lot of opportunities to win something!

How to enter:

Sign up to the Rafflecopter below through Facebook or by entering your email, and follow the entry instructions. Note: if you no longer use the email address tied to your FB, you will most likely never see the notification email if you win. So make sure you sign up with an email you check!

At the close of the giveaway, September 1, 2016, eight persons will be selected at random to receive one of the aforementioned prizes. An email notification will be sent to them within 24 hours. If the winner fails to respond in 48 hours, another winner will be selected, again at random.

*PLEASE, PITCH WARS ENTRANTS ONLY. That means if you didn’t enter PW, or if you were chosen by another mentor, this giveaway is not for you. Believe me, I have ways of checking this. Additionally, MG/YA/NA/A writers are all welcome to enter, any genre.*

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Good luck!

If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to comment below or message me on Twitter.

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