It's October 1, and y'all know what that means!
ABNA 2013 hasn't been announced yet, but I expect it any time now. We'll all be getting set to work on our pitches, and this is the place to do it.
Here are some general guidelines to work by:
For Pitch Submitters:
- All pitches are welcome!
- Try not to resubmit your pitch until a number of people have commented on it. It can be frustrating for the commenters to do a detailed critique, only to find out you've already revised it.
- We're here to help, so keep that in mind when receiving feedback. Nobody is here to cut up your work, but be prepared for honest opinions.
- Feedback you'll receive is just that, an opinion. If something doesn't sound right, or you don't like the feedback you get, you can ignore it. First and foremost, you must feel good about your work.
For Pitch Critiquers:
- Be respectful. We're here to help, not harass or belittle.
- Be honest, but constructive.
- Avoid re-writing a pitch if you can help it. These pitches are supposed to be the author's original work. If you re-write it, and they use your version in whole, it is arguably breaking the ABNA rules. Make suggestions that the submitter can learn from.
- Avoid making the same comments over and over on a resubmitted pitch. If the author doesn't accept your input the first time, it's likely because they didn't like the suggestion. (Sometimes it's because they just missed the suggestion, so deal with this case-by-case.)
Here's a blog post of mine, on how to write a great pitch:
Tips and Tricks - Writing the Perfect Pitch
Above all, have fun. We're all in this together. :)
Good luck, everyone!
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