Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Jennifer Hawkins and Kes Trester!
Jan30

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Jennifer Hawkins and Kes Trester!

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 Jennifer Hawkins and her Pitch Wars mentor Kes Trester for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Jennifer recently signed with Louise Fury with The Bent Agency. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Jennifer, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Kes? I recognized her name and remembered her entry (because it was fantastic) from a previous Pitch Wars. I thought it’d be great to work with someone who has been on both sides of the mentor line. I also loved her experience and accolades in the film industry. I think we all, as authors, would love to see our work adapted for the screen someday, and I knew she’d have insight on whether or not I stand a chance against those rather impossible odds. I started following her on Twitter long before the submission window opened and liked her right away. Kes, what about Jennifer’s application made you choose her? I had a checklist of qualities I kept in mind when reading submissions: *  A voice that jumped off the page (our revision deadline was too short to instill it if it wasn’t already there). *  Writing that demonstrated he or she put in the time to revise and polish.  I wasn’t looking for perfection, but you can tell who is serious about Pitch Wars by this yardstick. *  A genre and plot that would appeal to our agent panel.  These busy agents put in a lot of valuable time to read our selections, and it’s incumbent upon us to respect that. *  Diverse characters.  It wasn’t a deal-breaker, but how wonderful if Pitch Wars could shine a spotlight on racial and/or sexual diversity. *  An enjoyable read.  I knew I would spend a lot of time with this book and wanted it to be rewarding for both of us. Jennifer’s ms hit all the marks.  Then I emailed her as I was winnowing down my selections to ask if she would trust me if I suggested we change a major plot point.  Her immediate response was so warm, excited, and open-minded that I knew I’d found my mentee. Jennifer, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? The revisions were no joke. The changes Kes suggested terrified me at first. But I didn’t enter Pitch Wars so someone could tell me how perfect my manuscript was; I entered so someone could tell me how to make...

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