Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Heather Truett and Dannie Morin!
Feb19

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Heather Truett and Dannie Morin!

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 Heather Truett and her Pitch Wars mentor Dannie Morin for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Heather recently signed with Peter Knapp of Park Literary.  So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Heather, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Dannie? I can’t remember what Dannie said (I’m not even sure if it was in her mentor bio or on Twitter), but she said something that made me giggle and also made me certain she could handle the bit of language in my book. She also didn’t strike me as someone who would hold back on editorial comments, and I thought some harsh truth might help me. Dannie, what about Heather’s application made you choose her? LOL @ Heather. It was on Twitter. Someone asked during the #AskMentor chat if we minded cursing in YA. My answer was “fuck no?” Because Dannie has a potty mouth. Heather’s was the first application I received. I requested it within a couple seconds—without even reading the pages because her query was that strong. Her premise has fantastic stakes. She set the bar for the rest of my slushpile and though there were definitely some other gems in my inbox, I kept coming back to hers. After some online stalking I discovered our mutual obsession with cat selfies and tiaras, and I knew we’d be a good match. Heather, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? It was both more and less intense than I expected. I was right that Dannie isn’t shy with editorial comments, so I had plenty to work on. However, a lot of what she said immediately rang true for me, so I didn’t have too much of an “OMG this is impossible” feeling. We even made our own deadline earlier than the regular PW deadline, because both Dannie and I had Halloween events to focus on. Dannie, tell us about your experience with mentoring Heather. How was mentoring your other team members? I don’t use this term lightly but I will go beyond saying I’ve been lucky to saying I’ve been blessed with an incredible group of writers through my tenure as a PitchWars mentor. They’re not only great writers, but great people. Heather was willing to work hard, take risks, step out of her comfort zone, and learn. She embraced the feedback but also maintained control of her manuscript’s vision. She applied to PitchWars to...

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