Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with RuthAnne Snow and Emily Martin!
Feb03

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with RuthAnne Snow and Emily Martin!

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 RuthAnne Snow and her Pitch Wars mentor Emily Martin for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Jennifer recently signed with Maria Vicente of  P.S. Literary.  So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. RuthAnne, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Emily? As silly as it may sound, her website. It is seriously the most fun thing ever! Then when I clicked on her bio, I was immediately like, “We’ll get along.” (Who doesn’t like recycling?!) When I was reading her wishlist (alternating POVs, unreliable narrators, books that can make you laugh and cry), I was like, “She’s perfect!” And then during one of the Twitter Q&A sessions, I asked a question of all the mentors and she was the first person to answer and she was so nice, which just confirmed my initial gut suspicion. So it was a combination of instinct and logic. Emily, what about RuthAnne’s application made you choose her? Voice! And conflict! And VOICE!!! Structurally, RuthAnne’s story isn’t an easy one to pitch—it’s told in four alternating points of view, over the course of one night. But right from the query these four girls felt so real to me, and I had such a clear picture of what was at stake for each of them. Her sample pages definitely held up, and I was blown away by the unique (and hilarious) voices she’d crafted for each of her characters. RuthAnne’s writing has that perfect balance of humor and heartbreak and I was immediately smitten with her story. RuthAnne, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Emily had the best ideas for my revisions. She sent me notes basically hours after the list went live. The biggest issue was that my story has four alternating points-of-view, and one of the points of view was coming off as really disconnected. The majority of my revision time was rewriting those chapters and trying to make Elin come across as strongly as the other three girls. The only hard part was realizing I was halfway through my revision time and I had only made a dent. Emily sent me an email to see how things were going, and I admitted I felt kind of like a dud because I couldn’t seem to figure out the best way to fix my problem. She was super encouraging and eventually I figured it out. I swear, there’s something about a deadline that just...

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