Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Kelly Siskind and Brighton Walsh!
Feb18

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Kelly Siskind and Brighton Walsh!

  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 Kelly Siskind and her Pitch Wars mentor Brighton Walsh for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Kelly recently signed with Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group.  So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Kelly, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Brighton? This is where Brighton and I nearly got into a girl fight. I *hides under desk* almost didn’t submit to her. Everything about her bio was perfect, ‘fat guy in a little coat’ gif and all. When I got to the part where she was all grabby hands for a humorous MS similar, but sexier than, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, I thought maybe I had a chance. Then I read the bit where she said she’d only read a manuscript once, and I hesitated. I envisioned having a mentor who had the time to hammer out my MS as needed. So I wasn’t going to submit to Brighton…then I Twitter-stalked her. As everyone knows, she’s freaking hilarious. I was sold. Turns out, she lied on her bio and rocked my world. I admitted my hesitation after I was picked. Choice words were shared, then we kissed and made up. Brighton: In my defense, I was on deadline to write an entire book during the time Pitch Wars was going on, plus I had my debut releasing the day of the agent round, so my motto was under promise and over deliver. But, seriously, how could I not read it a bajillion times? ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS WITH SEX, PEOPLE. Brighton, what about Kelly’s application made you choose her? Her voice. She made me laugh out loud within the first page of her manuscript, and I’m not an easy nut to crack. Kelly, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? My revision period was pretty intense, but I was so excited to be working with Brighton that I dove in happily. Her suggestions were insightful, zeroing in on exactly what my MS lacked. The first half of my novel was pretty solid, but the back half needed to be Frankensteined—cut up and put back together. CHASING CRAZY was missing a blacker black moment, the angst that would make my main character’s all-is-lost scene more dramatic. All my pieces were there, they just had to be shuffled around, a few things added…and voilà. Edits followed the rewrite, endless clicking of my mouse as I shed unneeded verbiage. Dizzying but...

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