Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Sonia Hartl and Dannie Morin!
Feb26

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Sonia Hartl 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 Sonia Hartl and her Pitch Wars mentor Dannie Morin for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Sonia recently signed with Rebecca Podos of Rees Literary Agency.  So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Sonia, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Dannie? The moment I read her mentor bio, she was my top pick. I wanted a mentor with killer editorial skillz, who would give me a tough and honest crit. My PW manuscript had a twist in it that I was on the fence about, and with her background in counseling and social work, I knew she’d be able to tell if I was being true to life or not. Plus, she’s hilarious and has excellent taste in books (I’d read, and loved, most of the ones on her list). Dannie, what about Sonia’s application made you choose her? I looooooooved her concept. I was cautiously optimistic I’d be able to find a New Adult MSS that broke the tropes, and Sonia’s manuscript was all that and a bag of Doritos. From our emails I could tell she was willing to work hard, and I was completely in love with her pitch. Bottom line–she had a unique story idea and pitched it well. Sonia, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? The revision period was pretty hardcore. Exactly what I hoped it would be. She read my first three chapters first, and gave me suggestions on certain things that were present through my whole manuscript. I did another round of revisions, then she read my first half and helped me adjust my midpoint, and I did another round of revisions. Then she read the whole thing, and dug deep into things that were working and things that weren’t so much. Her comments were on point, made me laugh out loud, and taught me so much about plot and character development. During the revision period we had weekly chats with all the members of #TeamDannie, so we could bounce ideas around, talk about stuff we were struggling with, hone our pitches, and just take a break. We still meet in The Clubhouse once a month, and our group has grown since Pitch Wars into an amazing support system. Revisions are a learning experience, but having someone champion and believe in me during that time gave me the boost of confidence I needed to get it done. Dannie,...

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