Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Kelly Calabrese and her mentors Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie!
Feb24

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Kelly Calabrese and her mentors Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie!

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 Calabrese and her Pitch Wars mentors Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Kelly recently signed with Sarah LaPolla of Bradford Literary Agency.  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 the team of Trisha and Lindsay? Kelly: In choosing mentors, I did my research! I read all 75 wish lists and what stood out to me about Trisha and Lindsay was their love of psychological horror/thrillers, their candor, and their obvious team spirit. Also, who doesn’t love a 2 for 1 bargain 🙂 Trisha and Lindsay, what about Kelly’s application made you choose her? Trisha: Instantly…the title: BEAUTIFUL BLOODY DUCKLING. It was unique, clearly had horror elements, and a just a hint of the emotional baggage the mc was carrying. If the title alone could convey that much to me, then I knew I had to read the book! Once I stopped drooling over the title and started reading, it was the authenticity of Kelly’s voice that caught my attention. It had a natural flow, one that simply resonated with me. On a larger scale, what made me fall in head over heels for the story was the psychological aspects of the manuscript. The MC’s own fears, her broken backstory, and her need to regain control of her life provided a beautifully broken character that I absolutely adored and cheered for. Lindsay: I loved the tone of her MS as well as the concept. It was unique and sometimes I think that’s half the battle! Kelly, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Kelly: It was brutally beautiful! To start, Trisha and Lindsay sent me a marked up first chapter to alert me about their revision style. When I opened the chapter, I screamed and shut my laptop. Literally. There were so many crossed out words and red comment boxes it looked like a crime scene!  🙂 Once I got a full breath in, I re-opened my laptop and gaped in wonder at their dead on, nearly line-for-line comments. Trisha and Lindsay gifted me with a beyond generous amount of feedback and encouraging mentor love. They turned me into a take-no-prisoners revision machine. Absorb. Process. Implement. Repeat. ANYONE looking for an editor who can help whip their novel into shape – should hire these ladies! NOW! Trisha and Lindsay, tell us about your...

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