Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Abby Cooper and Gail Nall!
Feb10

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Abby Cooper and Gail Nall!

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 Abby Cooper and her Pitch Wars mentor Gail Nall for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Abby recently signed with Rebecca Sherman of Writers House and went on to sell her middle grade novel, STICKS AND STONES, to FSG/Macmillan, which is schedule to release in 2016. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Abby, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Gail? Lots of reasons! As I read her bio and her blog posts, I noticed that we had a similar writing style, and I knew she’d be able to help take my writing to the next level. She also seemed like an awesome, friendly person who would be a lot of fun to work with. Plus, her mentor bio mentioned chocolate a lot, and you can’t go wrong with anyone who loves chocolate that much. You just can’t. And now we know why Gail is so sweet – she’s made of chocolate! So Gail, what about Abby’s application made you choose her? The voice! Abby’s entry was brimming with authentic, funny middle grade voice. And her hook was really intriguing — when someone calls Elyse a name, the word appears on her arms or legs. It was so original! The premise of STICKS AND STONES is amazing. I can’t wait to read it! And Abby, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Gail’s notes were amazing. They were a perfect mix of “let’s work on this” and “I love this part so much I want to give it a hug.” I devoted all of my free time to revision that month and it felt SO good. It was so great to see my book grow and evolve a little more each day. Gail made me think about things in new ways and gave such insightful suggestions. It was hard work, but it was exciting. I loved every minute.   Gail, tell us about your experience with mentoring Abby. How was mentoring your other team members?  Abby was AMAZING. Seriously, she revises faster than anyone I’ve ever met, and she really takes all suggestions to heart. She didn’t just input everything I said — she thought about it all, and usually came up with something even better than what I suggested. She asked lots of questions, and she has the best personality. We clicked pretty much right away. The rest of my team that year (and my team...

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