The #pitchwars submissions have been closed for almost forty-eight hours and emotions are running high. Some people are getting requests for more pages from potential mentors and some people are not. Others are taking offense at some of the less-than-positive comments from mentors in the #tenqueries. We've all put ourselves out there and playing the waiting game isn't easy.
Something else I've noticed are people throwing in the towel because they haven't heard from their mentors. I have to say that giving up this early probably isn't in anyone's best interest. A big part of being an author is playing the waiting game. Waiting for an agent to read your query/pages, waiting for a publisher to pick up your book, and so on. Panicking and giving up after forty-eight hours is simply a waste of time in my opinion.
There are so many positive things to take away from this contest even if you aren't chosen by a mentor. If you give up you lose out on all of them. You can learn from the mentors when they talk about the queries and pages they've received. You can take their comments and go back to your own work to see if you can apply them.
There are also a lot of great people waiting out there for you to interact with. People who are in the same leaky rowboat you are. Chat with them. Laugh with them. Learn from them. There are so many great new connections and friends just beyond the Pitch Wars hashtag. Personally, I've already found a new betareader. I bet you can too.
Also, we can all see you. Lots of us are "stalking" the hashtag to follow the news and we can see you giving up and walking away. Those people watching are other authors and agents and you don't want them to remember you as "that negative one". I know of at least one person who lost their chance at a mentor because of their behavior on twitter. Heaven forbid any of us be that person.
Remember, you get out of any situation what you put in. If you are negative then it will be a negative situation. Come and play with us - we don't bite.