First, let me start off by apologizing for the delayed posting of this. I thought it was set up to go right on the 16th but it didn’t for some reason… Oh well!
Moving on, let’s get into it. Author Mentor Match is an AMAZING program that pairs up-and-coming novelists with agented and/or published authors to help them get a manuscript into shape and hopefully secure an agent. I discovered it on October 2nd last year during the #DVpit event. That same day I also realized I shouldn’t be querying that manuscript based on feedback I received from a friend after pitching my manuscript. Ten hours EARLIER and that friend would have saved me that embarrassment…
Anyway, I found out about AMM and decided to enter it. Some of you may recall that I hadn’t gotten into Pitch Wars. As such I was desperate to try one last time on my THE LITTLE MERMAID retelling. This was going to be my last attempt. I’d already determined that if I didn’t get into Author Mentor Match then I would take a break from writing and Twitter for at least six months. Ultimately, I felt it was the right one to make. If I didn’t get in, then I should focus on school and everything related to ASL so I could write more stories with Deaf characters and Hearing teens interacting and dating them at a later date.
So, I decided to take a chance. I entered. And then I forgot about it, which I wasn’t able to do with Pitch Wars because the period for AMM deliberations is a month. The very week that results were going to be announced, LITERALLY two days before the scheduled day I got an email with a request for my full manuscript!
Of course fate would have it that I was out of town, so it would have to wait. I let them know and they were fine with it, just wanted me to get it in as soon as possible. When I got home two days later, at like 12:45 PM or so, I rushed to my computer and opened up my document to make sure everything was okay… It wasn’t. See, I had two identical flash drives. The one the completed full was on was in storage because I’d moved the month before.
So, I emailed them, letting them know. And the response? Whoever requested the manuscript still wanted it and understood that shit sometimes happens. This proved that miracles existed! Obviously I sent it in. But at 1:06 AM the day of announcements.
I was certain I wouldn’t get chosen. The request came so late in the consideration phase. I couldn’t get it in right away because I can’t drive due to my epilepsy and was out of town. The manuscript I had to send it wasn’t the fully finished version. My list of reasons went on and on…
I felt like Mulan trying to catch the lucky cricket. Nothing had gone right in the process. And come that night, the results went up. I didn’t get an email so I assumed I wasn’t chosen. Of course the site crashed due to traffic. Then a friend sent me a tweet congratulating me on getting in!!!
Not only was I chosen, but my mentor was the first one I chose, the one I absolutely wanted to be mentored by the most! I was elated and felt wonderful. Mum found me crying. A lot. Like uncontrollable sobs. From shock, relief, disbelief, and a myriad of unnameable emotions. My last attempt and I made it in!!!
But Mum legitimately thought somebody had died and was trying to console me and ask who it was then was super happy, but also confused when I told her what was up. Then my mind began whirring with how to fix my manuscript as I got an idea for some major changes.
So, the moral of this story? Miracles can happen. I took a chance, a wild, wonderful, whim of a chance and it paid off. The mentor of my dreams (not in a romantic way) chose me. He believed in my manuscript, in me, and my plans for my career. And now I’m about to get my edit letter and his in document critique this weekend! I’ll be ready to pitch my Bi Deaf contemporary fantasy retelling of THE LITTLE MERMAID set on the Jersey Shore for #DVpit come April 25th.
Tonight the entry period closes at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time. Do yourself a favor and enter. Who knows? Maybe YOUR wildest dreams will come true and we can welcome you into the #AMMfam!