HUZZAH! I made the cut!
Does this mean they like my novel? Nope. In fact, the first cut is made solely on the basis of a 300 word pitch. And where did I learn to write a pitch? I am glad you asked! Pitchapalooza, run by The Book Doctors!
The next round is judged by a combination of my pitch and my excerpt. The next cut is announced on the 20th of March. This one is where they read the pitch plus your first 3-5k.