Natasha Raulerson

Why I’m Bowing Out Of Pitch Wars This Year

It’s been a minute since I’ve made a personal post. After this semester I may go through and change out the layout so that the reveals and such are under one tab and my stuff is under another. Or would that be too confusing? Not sure. We’ll have to wait and see.

Natasha Raulerson Pitch Wars

When the brain isn’t braining.

Anyway, a lot of people already know that the main reason for my up-in-the-air, no-brain-today, trying to fix up my schedule stuff, is because of the fact that I am indeed preggo in my eggo. That still isn’t stopping me from doing the things that need to be done. I’m writing, I’m still going to school–until the end of the semester, at which point I’m taking off till after the kiddo is born–and making sure to keep active and do things. As much as I’d like to sit down and not brain all day, it’s just not my style.

So why then, may you ask, am I bowing out of Pitch Wars? il_570xN.867436260_e6v9

Well, the kiddo’s due date is October. That’s right. Not just smack dab in the middle of the competition, but getting down to the nitty gritty deadline of having those manuscripts, shined, polished, and ready to go for the agent round. Pending on what I pop, I wouldn’t be much help to any mentee. They’d be stressed, I’d be stressed, I’d be in labor, ya know, it’s just not a good mix.

I know what you’re thinking.

Why not co-mentor?

There’s plenty of awesome people out there to do it with, and while I would love to, my co-mentor would essentially be doing all the work. Let’s think about this, even if I was past due and the baby cooked a little longer than necessary, I’d still be in my 8th/9th month. Last trimester hell, full of hormones, mood swings, the dire need to not be pregnant anymore, exhaustion, and a multitude of doctors visits. Yeah. That wouldn’t be a good mix for an already stressful and emotional competition. My co-mentor would be doing 90% of the work and that’s just not fair.

So sadly, I have opted to step down, have the baby, and return next year full of win and awesome to help a fellow writer take their novel to the next level.

I really hate to bow out of the competition, but I’m also realistic, and super excited to be a mom. I want every mentee to have every awesome chance at landing an agent, and this year, I’m just not a mentor that would be able to devote their full energy to it. You guys deserve better than me half-assing it.

Now, that doesn’t mean I won’t be around to help you guys out. Especially since this is my last semester. I might do some critique giveaways, some newsletter (sign up by clicking the link) stuff to give tips and tricks, and maybe even Vlog some stuff that might help. I’m still here, right up until the kiddo says he/she is ready to come into the world. Then I’ll probably go dark for a few weeks, but I’ll be back. Maybe I’ll talk to Brenda about hosting some Pitch Wars games, and still being a really active part of it. I hope that I am, but I know that sometimes you just never know what’s going to happen.

So good luck to everyone gearing up to participate this year! Per usual, it’s going to be a wild ride!



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