Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Tara Sim and Elizabeth Briggs!
Jan14

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Tara Sim and Elizabeth Briggs!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today I am so beyond excited to introduce you to Tara Sim and her Pitch Wars mentor Elizabeth Briggs for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Tara recently signed with Laura Crockett and Uwe Stender of TriadaUs. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Tara, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Liz? At first I was overwhelmed by the number of mentors, but there were a few who caught my eye, and one of them was Liz. She just seemed like such a cool, down-to-earth person, and I knew that sort of vibe would compliment my not-so-down-to-earth one. Also, she had a lot of success with her previous mentees. I followed her on Twitter and learned that we were into a lot of the same things, and she even said she loves steampunk, which was a big factor. I am SO glad I sent her my application, because it ended up working out great! Isn’t it amazing how opposites attract? And YAY steampunk! Liz, what about Tara’s application made you choose her? Tara’s query had a really unique high concept premise and instantly grabbed my attention. When I read the first chapter, I was hooked and had to know what happened next. I requested the manuscript, and ended up choosing her as my alternate because I thought the book was already so strong. When my original mentee got an agent before the agent round, Tara became my new mentee. Wow, Liz! You obviously have great taste in authors. Tara, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? This was pretty crazy, because originally I was Liz’s alternate and only expected a few edits. But when her first mentee got an agent, I became the primary one and had about a month or so for revisions. I was kinda stressed out, but really, I liked the challenge. Liz spotted certain things in my book–and noticed what was missing–and what she said made total sense to me. These were things I must have known in the back of my head, but didn’t deign to change until Liz caught them. It made the book feel more complete. It was a crazy month; edits, Liz juggling her own (totally awesome) books, me having to put my dog down, etc. But Liz was awesome and answered all of my panicky questions, and even reread a few chapters for me even when she was busy. We’re so sorry to hear about your dog, but...

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