What To Do After DVPit

Congratulations on participating in #DVPit! You did it! Not only did you write a whole book, but you managed to sum it up in a great pitch that caught an agent’s/editor’s eye. *guy throwing confetti gif*

But now you may be asking yourself: holy shit, now what do I do?

Take a breath. Drink some water. Have a celebratory cupcake. Enjoy this moment. Really.

In all seriousness, the path to publishing is filled with so much disappointment- take the time to celebrate the wins. This is huge. You did it! You’ve received positive reinforcement of your dream. Whether you got one favorite or 100, all you need is one yes and you’re on your way!

Note: if you found yourself here and you didn’t have a successful pitch day, fear not. Some ideas and premises just are better in queries. Some concepts, and really all of NA, are more for indie presses and DVPit is mostly agents and Big Five editors. It’s not a reflection on your talent.

So now you may be staring at your MS like- OMG, someone has to see you. *Don’t look at me, I’m hideous gif.* Calm down. First- did you feel ready going into #DVPit? Did you have 1) a completed MS 2) that had been rested 3) that had been read and critiqued by someone NOT obligated to love you (i.e. not your wife/son/mom/hamster) 4) that you then revised after processing their feedback? If you answered yes, then you are probably ready to send. Don’t waste time moving around commas. Research the people you want to send to (see my other post on finding good agents here) and let those materials fly. DVPit moves at the fastest pace of any contest. You could be signed in record time.

If you answered no to ANY of those. Okay, you probably jumped the gun a little with pitching, but that’s not the end of the world. Do NOT send immediately. Grab your most trusted CP/beta reader. Don’t have one? Look at the pitches in your genre on DVPit. Try to connect with someone who seems cool and see if they want to swap some pages. You want to know what’s wrong, what your weak spots are-preferably soon. Try to work quickly. You want to turn around all materials to agents ideally within 2-3 weeks. The caveat being, if at the end of the month you’re still not ready, wait until you are. You want to go out with your best possible product. If that takes months, then it does.

Finally, don’t forget to shout out #DVPit and Beth Phelan when you sign with your dream agent! Looking forward to welcoming the newest members of DVSquad! Best of luck always!

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