Another Pitch Wars Success Story … Tobie Easton!
Jun03

Another Pitch Wars Success Story … Tobie Easton!

  The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we are so happy to have Tobie Easton and her Pitch Wars mentor, Skylar Dorset, here for a little Q and A. Tobie recently signed with Jennifer Unter with The Unter Agency. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Tobie, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Skylar? When I read Skylar’s wish list (and saw that she was writing a YA fantasy series), I put her on my list right away. Many of the Pitch Wars mentors were open to tweets, so I tweeted a brief pitch to the ones I thought would be interested. Skylar’s unveiled excitement about the concept when she tweeted back made me crazy happy and cemented her spot at the very top of my list. I also loved that on her website she said, “I am convinced all modern fictional heroes fit one of two molds: Fitzwilliam Darcy and Rhett Butler” (which is so true!), so I made sure to reference that in my query. That is true, they do. Love that! I think reaching out on Twitter to get yourself noticed was a great plan. Skylar, what about Tobie’s application made you choose her? She had a really great query that intrigued me immediately. I mean, mermaids? Wars involving the Little Mermaid fairy tale? Sirening? How cool does all that sound? So I asked for the first three chapters, and I was hooked immediately. I loved Lia’s voice and just wanted to spend more time with her. Um, mermaid wars? I’m sold! So Tobie, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Pitch Wars was definitely a HUGE help to me in terms of revisions, but not in the way you might expect. I actually got the bulk of my revising done before being selected! Having the Pitch Wars entry date looming gave me a deadline to work toward as I edited. Then I got a ton of helpful feedback from people I met on the Pitch Wars Twitter feed. I was so delighted by how welcoming and encouraging the entire community was! I received query critiques and edits on my opening pages from other entrants and mentors alike. The amazing Rae critiqued my query and first page for my birthday, which landed during the contest. Once Skylar chose my book and generously offered to give feedback on the entire manuscript, I knew I wanted it to be its absolute spiffiest before she saw it. So, while Skylar and I worked...

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