Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Gina Denny and Mina Vaughn!
Feb11

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Gina Denny and Mina Vaughn!

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 Gina Denny and her Pitch Wars mentor Mina Vaughn for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Jennifer recently signed with Kirsten Carleton with Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.  So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Gina, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Mina? Funny story. I didn’t actually apply to Mina. While I worked through the A-MA-ZING list of mentors, I knew I was going to have some tough choices. In the end, I had seven mentors I wanted to apply to (Mina was on that list), but I decided not to apply to anybody I considered a friend through twitter or facebook. I didn’t want to think “Why didn’t my friend pick me???” so I reluctantly crossed Mina off my list. It hurt to make that choice because I knew the romance in my story needed help, but it felt like it would hurt less if I didn’t get in and was rejected only by people I barely knew.  Mina, what about Gina’s application made you choose her? Actually, Gina’s application didn’t even go to me! While my pile was full of good entries, I didn’t feel that “connection” with a manuscript like I felt with my last year’s mentor, Kristen Reynolds. I wanted that magic again. So, what I did was solicit entries from other Adult mentors for good pitches they weren’t selecting. When Dan Koboldt suggested Gina’s pitch, I knew I was in for something special. Her pitch was great, but her MS was fantastic. And, the best part was that I KNEW what I could help with. I could make the right about of difference to a near-perfect work. Anything can happen in Pitch Wars, and we’re so happy you found each other. And Gina, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? It oddly enough came at a very tumultuous time in my life, and revising actually felt like a breath of fresh air, rather than the stressful activity most people say it is. Mina gave me a handful of “overall” notes – things that needed to be fixed throughout the manuscript, plus pinpointed a half-dozen scenes where the romance needed work. She gave me perfect advice, exactly what I needed. Instead of vague suggestions, she held my hand through it: “Slow this down, use more sensory details, this sentence is what’s messing up the vibe here”. It was everything I needed and...

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