Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Kristin B. Wright and Kara Leigh Miller!
Apr30

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Kristin B. Wright and Kara Leigh Miller!

Success is in the air! We couldn’t be more ecstatic to share this fabulous interview with Kristin Wright and her Pitch Wars mentor Kara Leigh Miller. Kristin recently signed with Sarah Younger with Nancy Yost Literary Agency, and we are beyond thrilled for her! So without further ado, enjoy this Q&A with Kristin and Kara as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Kristin, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Kara? Kara had asked for romance. Weirdly, and even more specifically, she’d asked for a romance set on a camping trip: and that was exactly what I’d written. I   knew right away she was the perfect mentor for me. She had a lot of editing experience and was an agented, published author. My CP and I had agreed not to submit to the same mentors so as to maximize our chances of both getting in — and I begged her to let me have Kara. (By the way — this strategy worked. We both got chosen!) I should say, by the way, that my first CP would not leave me alone until I entered. Love you, Laura! Kara, what about Kristin’s application made you choose her? The very basic answer: She had something that had been on my wishlist FOR-EVER! I’ve been looking for a contemporary romance set at summer camp or during a camping trip. She had that. It really was a no-brainer. The moment I read her pitch and sample pages, I requested the full, spent an entire day reading it, and I knew she was going to be on my team. There was never any question about it. The fact she was really cool on Twitter was a big bonus, too! Kristin, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Kara chose me as an alternate, and under the requirements of Pitch Wars, that meant she was supposed to offer me a first chapter critique, but she went way above and beyond that and reviewed everything several times, and helped me with my pitch as well. She pointed out that I’d started in the wrong place. Though I hated to do it, I cut a whole scene and after that, the story took off like a rocket. I revise very very fast, so I had time, between the selection at the beginning of September and the alternate showcase at the beginning of November, to write another whole manuscript. This helped immensely with my nail-biting obsession: I can’t type and bite at the same time. Kara, tell us about your experience with mentoring Kristin. How was mentoring your...

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Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Gwen Katz and Fiona McLaren!
Apr29

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Gwen Katz and Fiona McLaren!

Success is in the air! We couldn’t be more ecstatic to share this fabulous interview with Gwen Katz and her Pitch Wars mentor Fiona McLaren. Gwen recently signed with Thao Le of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, and we are beyond thrilled for her! So without further ado, enjoy this Q&A with Gwen & Fiona as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Gwen, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Fiona? Fiona is kind of a perfect human being and I want to be her. Oh, you want specifics? She was interested in epistolary novels. That’s the first thing I noticed. Novels with unusual narrative styles are a matter of personal taste, so it was important for me to connect with other people who like epistolaries. Then, as soon as I expressed interest in working with Fiona, I was flooded with former Fiona mentees telling me what a great experience it had been. Can’t argue with that! Also, she had a video of her horse pulling a boat. Fiona, what about Gwen’s application made you choose her? I knew I had to have Gwen’s manuscript when I saw it. It has been a long time since I have seen a book that was so real. I believed 100% in the world and the characters. The characters were so multi-faceted, the world so detailed and well-crafted, and it had an amazing sense of era. Add in that it’s a teen female fighter pilot (holla!), war-torn Russia, and a story of love and friendship? Hook, line, and sinker. I adore books that explore the bond of friendship in particular, and this had it in droves!   Gwen, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Fiona had to gently break it to me that the second act needs a plot and it can’t just be a series of action scenes and explosions, no matter how awesome the explosions. My other big weakness was emotions. She kept telling me “you need to describe how Valya feels about this and I kept being like “Feelings? What are these feelings of which you speak?” Thao is still telling me to add more feelings, so listen to your mentors, boys and girls. Meanwhile I mostly bombarded her with historical photographs. I will do this at the least provocation.  Fiona, tell us about your experience with mentoring Gwen. How was mentoring your other team members? Mentoring Gwen was really engaging and interesting. She has such an intelligent, observant mind that one of the best parts was seeing what she came up with after suggestions were made. Gwen really took...

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DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Sarah Nicolas … release day!
Apr28

DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Sarah Nicolas … release day!

Never judge a dragon by her human cover… Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe. Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself. Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again. Read the first chapter and get more info at Entangled Teen’s homepage! Follow along with the blog tour for excerpts, reviews, and an awesome giveaway! Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes | Signed Print Copy   About the Author Sarah is a 30-something YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too. She’s a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library. She also blogs at YAtopia. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr |...

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Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Nina Moreno and Jaye Robin Brown
Apr28

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Nina Moreno and Jaye Robin Brown

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Nina Moreno and her Pitch Wars mentor Jaye Robin Brown! Nina recently signed with Laura Crockett and Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary Agency, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Nina and Jaye as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Nina, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Jaye?  A gut feeling. And I don’t mean to romanticize it after the fact of being chosen by her, but I’m a big believer in gut feelings, and Jaye was absolutely one for me. There was a spark when I got to her wish list where she described her love for YA, southern dramas, sharp storytelling, and big families. I knew she was someone who could get me and my voice, and I wanted so badly to be on her team. There’s a rhythm to southern fiction, and she had the ear and heart for it. I hoped with the burning fires of August in Florida that she’d pick me back.   Jaye, what about Nina’s application made you choose her? Nina’s story, Hurricane Daughter, stood out to me from the beginning. It was my number one choice from the get-go and that never changed. I loved the voice, the atmosphere, and how immediately she connected me to her characters. Her first pages gave a real sense of what I could expect in the rest of the manuscript. As for application, she connected to my desire for poignant, bittersweet, layered stories that included family and setting as well as the main characters. It was apparent she’d done her research in choosing me and her letter was personal though I’d never interacted with her prior to Pitch Wars. Her blog was beautifully written, her Twitter feed was engaging and kind, and I really loved that she was just starting on her serious writing journey and that HD had not been over-shopped through queries. Nina, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Well, it started with Jaye wondering if first person might work better for my story than the third person I’d written it in, and her curiously glancing over to see if I was willing to try. I grabbed the idea and took off with it. I jumped in and revised it into first and fell into an even deeper love with my own story. Jaye is an incredibly thoughtful, giving mentor. And she’s fearless like that. She hears beats and whispers and has this way of climbing...

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A Pitch Madness Match-up … Jen Shulman signed with Carrie Howland!
Apr27

A Pitch Madness Match-up … Jen Shulman signed with Carrie Howland!

Pitch Madness 2015 Sorry! Edition I’m so thrilled to announce a Pitch Madness success story. Jen Shulman has signed with amazing agent Carrie Howland with Donadio & Olson, Inc.!   Jen Shulman Twitter | Website Jen agreed to let me torture interview her. Here’s how it went down… So let’s get this party started. What made you decide to enter Pitch Madness, and how did you feel during the contest? The short answer is that I entered because I listened to my parents. The long answer is that one of my critique partners was entering and had suggested I do the same. I was hesitant because I’d done a different contest not long before and I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to do another one so soon, especially since there was some overlap between the agents involved in both. I called my parents who listened to me go back and forth before finally saying, “Do it! What do you have to lose?” So, I listened to them, and I’m so glad I did! I was super nervous for the draft – I planted myself at my computer, got out a legal pad so I could keep track of the picks, and hit refresh like a madwoman. I was ecstatic when my entry was chosen! From then on, my nerves went away. I felt like I’d already won and I knew I’d be happy with whatever came next. I’m so glad you entered! Which blog were you (though I already know) on and what was the title of your entry? How many requests did you get? Any other details you’d like to share? I was on Brenda Drake’s blog (go #RedTeam) and I got 9 requests for my entry, THE FAN GENE. I was thrilled to have gotten such a strong response! So you sent in your request to your agent. Was it a partial or a full? Tell us the details of the submission and wait time you had before Carrie Howland with Donadio & Olson, Inc. asked for the Call? Carrie Howland had requested that I send the first five chapters to her assistant – the wonderful Taylor McCabe. I got an email from Taylor a week later asking for the full. About four days after that, I got another email from Taylor telling me how much she liked my manuscript and that she had sent it to Carrie. Five days after that, I got the world’s most lovely email from Carrie, offering representation. Okay, this is my favorite part *sits at the edge of her seat*. Tell us about THE Call. Since Carrie and I...

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Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Ron Walters and Meredith McCardle!
Apr24

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Ron Walters and Meredith McCardle!

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 Ron Walters and his Pitch Wars mentor Meredith McCardle for a Q and A regarding his recent success! Ron recently signed with Leon Husock of L. Perkins Agency. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Ron, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Meredith? For once in my life, I went against my natural inclination to wing things and actually read all the Pitch Wars mentors’ wish lists. Meredith’s was one of the first that screamed, “Perfect fit, perfect fit!” It was professional, upbeat, laid-back, and funny. What really caught my eye, though, was the fact that she was looking for books which were fast-paced and “super-actiony.” I knew right then and there that anyone who insisted “super-actiony” was a word was my kind of mentor. As it happens, the things she wasn’t looking for, particularly contemporary romance, also helped seal the deal. I’m all about romance—in fact, I just wrote my first kissing scene; can you say awkward?—but I wanted to work with someone who’s focus was on adrenaline rather than swooning. As if all that wasn’t reason enough to submit to her, I then read the description of her debut novel THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN. Um, time traveling spies? Yes, please! (For the record, reading it was one of those un-put-downable experiences. Loved it.) Of course, me being a writer and thus well educated in the school of self-doubt, I never thought she’d pick me. But she did, she did! Meredith, what about Ron’s application made you choose him? I read a lot of great concepts and pages during Pitch Wars. But when I got to Ron’s, I sat up and took notice. The whole premise—a kid stuck in Prague who finds a pocket watch that transports him into the memories of a man running from Nazis in WWII and gives him the power to raise golems—well, um, YES PLEASE. I read his first pages and was hooked. The writing was excellent, the concept was so original, and I could see it had a ton of potential. It was an easy choice for me! Ron, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? My memory is pretty terrible, so I hope I’m recalling this correctly … Basically, Meredith wrote to say she loved my book but felt it needed some fairly extensive revisions. After I recovered from that heart attack/stroke combo, we spent a good week emailing ideas back and...

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A Pitch Madness Success Interview with Rebecca Wells!
Apr23

A Pitch Madness Success Interview with Rebecca Wells!

Pitch Madness 2015 Sorry! Edition I’m so thrilled to announce a success story by way of Pitch Madness. Rebecca Wells has signed with Rebecca Podos with Rees Literary Agency!   Rebecca Wells Twitter | Website Rebecca agreed to let me torture interview her. Here’s how it went down… So let’s get this party started. What made you decide to enter Pitch Madness, and how did you feel during the contest? I actually first submitted to Pitch Wars last year after a girl from my writing group told me about it. Looking back, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t make it in, because my book was in no shape to be seen! So I went through a major rewrite and kept my eye on your site, waiting for my next chance – which turned out to be Pitch Madness. I was thrilled when I found out I made it in. I’m actually traveling in Australia at the moment, so the time difference made for extra excitement (read: stress and terror)! Which blog were you on and what was the title of your entry? How many requests did you get? Any other details you’d like to share? My book CURSES LIKE ROSES was picked for the Blue Team, led by Rebecca Coffindaffer and Marieke Nijkamp! (Entries were posted on Rebecca’s site.) I got five partial requests from some awesome agents! To be honest I didn’t quite believe that it was all really happening until that moment – and then I scrambled to finish up the revisions I’d been discouraged about getting through so that I could send out my requests! So you sent in your request to your agent. Was it a partial or a full? Tell us the details of the submission and wait time you had before Rebecca Podos with Rees Literary Agency asked for the Call? My agent story is a little different in that the agent I ended up signing with was not an agent who participated in Pitch Madness. At the same time that I sent out my Pitch Madness partials, I queried a select number of agents I’d already had my eye on (for YEARS, in some cases!). Rebecca replied within the HOUR to my query and requested the full manuscript. Two and a half weeks after I sent her the full, she sent me an extensive email talking about the things she loved and things that needed work. She didn’t make an offer, but we set up a Skype call to discuss potential revisions to the book. In the meantime, I nudged the other agents who had CURSES LIKE ROSES and asked them...

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Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Alexandra Alessandri and Dannie Morin!
Apr22

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Alexandra Alessandri 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 Alexandra Alessandri and her Pitch Wars mentor Dannie Morin for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Alexandra recently signed with Deborah Warren with East West Literary Agency. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Alexandra, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Dannie? I’d been stalking—er following—Dannie on Twitter for a while and I thought she was awesome. She seemed to be someone who really knew her stuff and who had no qualms about saying it like it is. I needed someone who wouldn’t be afraid to tell me what needed work. She was also really looking for diversity and my ms featured a Colombian character in Cartagena, so I just KNEW we’d be a great fit. And the Disney GIFs—all the Disney GIFs. What’s funny is that I almost didn’t submit to Dannie because she had a note that she wasn’t looking for time travel stories (mine had time slipping in it). I got up the courage to DM her and ask if she thought mine would be a good fit. I pitched it, she said send it, and the rest is history! Dannie, what about Alexandra’s application made you choose her? Alexandra caught my attention by asking me on twitter if I’d be interested in her mss. That communicated to me that she was looking forward to the mentoring partnership, not just the agent round. And for me, that’s what sets PitchWars apart from all the other pitch contests. The partnership is what PitchWars is about. So she instantly had my attention. Pitching me ahead of time was a smart and ballsy move, so I went into my slushpile looking for her manuscript. I fell in love with her world-building and her characters’ potential. Alexandra writes fabulous book boyfriends. Alexandra, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? The revision period was awesome and intense. Dannie was beyond thorough. She gave detailed feedback (including hilarious comments). She read the first 50 pages and gave amazing line-edits. She read the rest and gave such comprehensive notes both in an editorial letter and in-text. It was fabulous. And she didn’t only help with the manuscript. She gave guided us through query and Twitter pitches. She built a community with all of us, mentee and alternate mentees. The Monday night “Clubhouse” meetings once a month were so helpful and fun as we worked through the knots of our manuscripts...

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A Pitch Madness Match-up … Haley Harrigan signed with Jess Dallow & Suzie Townsend!
Apr21

A Pitch Madness Match-up … Haley Harrigan signed with Jess Dallow & Suzie Townsend!

Pitch Madness 2015 Sorry! Edition I’m so thrilled to announce a Pitch Madness success story. Haley Harrigan has signed with amazing agents Jess Dallow and Suzie Townsend with New Leaf Literary!   Haley Harrigan Twitter   Haley agreed to let me torture interview her. Here’s how it went down… So let’s get this party started. What made you decide to enter Pitch Madness, and how did you feel during the contest? Hi Brenda! Thanks so much for having me! So, up until recently, I was one of those lone wolf writers, mostly keeping to myself. It wasn’t intentional–it just never occurred to me that there was this huge wonderful community of other writers online. Near the end of last year, I really started to explore the online writing community, and I decided to enter the Baker’s Dozen contest on the MSFV blog. To my extreme disbelief, my entry was chosen. From that contest, I connected with one agent, but it didn’t result in an offer. I’d been reading up on Pitch Madness and following your blog, so when March rolled around, I decided to give another contest a try. When I read that there were over 900 entrants, I knew that getting picked was a long shot. So, I mostly tried not to think about it. I didn’t even tell my husband I’d entered! When the list was posted, my manuscript was near the end, so I’d convinced myself that I hadn’t made the cut…and then there it was! A thousand high-pitched squees! I was super excited, but at the same time, I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high. So again, I tried to put it out of my mind until the agent requests were revealed. I think many of us start out as lone wolves before coming out of our writing caves. And which blog were you on (psst…which I know, but they don’t know) and what was the title of your entry? How many requests did you get? Any other details you’d like to share? I was on your blog (Go Red Team!) for my women’s fiction manuscript, The Wildflower Season. I thought I would be lucky to get one or two requests, so I almost fell out of my chair when I saw that I had eight requests: three fulls and five partials! Luckily, no one else was around to see my extremely embarrassing happy dance. I was so happy to have you on my team! Go Red Team! So you sent in your request to your agent. Was it a partial or a full? Tell us the details of the submission and...

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Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with E.G. Moore and Michelle Hauck!
Apr20

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with E.G. Moore and Michelle Hauck!

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 E.G. (Emily) Moore and her Pitch Wars mentor Michelle Hauck for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Emily recently signed with Jessica Schmeidler of Golden Wheat Literary. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Emily, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Michelle? Well, I’d practically been stalking her blog since starting fictional writing, and she seemed really nice. She also had similar tastes in books as I did. This was my second pitchwars submission and I knew a couple of the mentors I’d pitched to the first time wouldn’t like the darker elements of this Pitchwars novel. She was my first pick; the others went through a hard narrow-down process. Michelle, what about Emily’s application made you choose her? I had already chosen Emily’s story for a contest I hosted over the summer called New Agent. There’s was this bit in the first page where the MC jumps out at his mother and brother, and I thought it just SHOWED the MC’s personality so well. I asked to read the full and just found it so wonderful written. The story has a great pace. You know when a story has good voice that you can just about taste it. This had that sort of feel to it; it glided over the tongue.  Emily, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Firstly, I loved that Michelle really wanted to keep my novel literary rather than converting the plot to a more commercial one. Her fan-girling reiterated that I could write something someone could connect with. We went through a complete scene list and did some (more) rearranging, as well as toned down some graphic content to keep it in the MG category. Michelle was so quick to respond and asked incredibly helpful questions. She also helped me A LOT with grammer, which is not my strongest suit. She was so incredibly supportive and positive, even when I got down on myself or my manuscript. My other team mates were awesome too! Michelle, tell us about your experience with mentoring Emily. How was mentoring your other team members? With mentoring Emily, I suggested she flash forward through a few scenes and do some rearranging of their order and add earlier foreshadowing. Her manuscript took maybe too long to get to the plot and antagonist, especially for a middle grade. She knew right what I meant and agreed with me....

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SHADOW OF DECEPTION by Sophia L. Johnson … new release to benefit Covenant House, helping homeless youth!
Apr17

SHADOW OF DECEPTION by Sophia L. Johnson … new release to benefit Covenant House, helping homeless youth!

Title:  Shadow of Deception (The Kazumi Chronicles #1) by Sophia L. Johnson Publisher:  Outskirts Press ISBN-13: 9781478742845 Publication Date: April 9, 2015 Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction Order it Now @ Barnes & Noble  |  Amazon Add it on Goodreads! NOTE: Sophia L. Johnson have partnered up with Covenant House, an organization dedicated to help homeless youth, in which she will donate all royalties in the first year to them.  Every copy sold is a small step closer to ending youth homelessness.  You can find out more about Covenant House here at www.covenanthouse.org. Synopsis 2153, Toronto, United Nation of North America (UNNA) A horrific plane crash kills all five hundred and forty-two passengers except one. Kazumi emerges from the wreckage physically unscathed but has lost all her memories. Her miraculous survival has the whole city buzzing but all she wants is to go home, wherever home is. After waiting a month in the hospital with no one to claim her, Kazumi is deemed homeless. She is about to be sent to a nearby teenage shelter when the nurse she grew to trust ushers her down a mysterious path, one that promises safety and maybe even the chance to recover her memories. With no better options available, Kazumi takes her chance and finds herself in the headquarters of the Sarcomeres, a secret society of genetically advanced humans hidden deep inside the Rocky Mountains. The Sarc’s heightened physical abilities and high-tech gadgets are not the only things that fascinate Kazumi. Finnegan O’Riley, a fellow Sarc she meets along the way also gets her heart racing. When Kazumi discovers that she possesses the genetic potential of a Sarcomere, she jumps at the chance to train with them, not knowing the death defying tests that are involved. Meanwhile, a centuries-old nemesis of the Sarcomeres begins to stir in the dark, setting their dark plans in motion. Just when Kazumi thinks she can help protect her new found home, past memories surface to threaten her new identity. She soon realizes that layers of deception run deep and everyone has a secret agenda, including herself. Who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself? One wrong decision could bring forth consequences worse than death. Author Bio: Sophia L. Johnson is a writer, college instructor, and an entrepreneur living in the culturally diverse city of Toronto.  Her debut novel Shadow of Deception is a dark, action-packed first installment of The Kazumi Chronicles. Author website:  www.sophialjohnsonbooks.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorSLJ Facebook:...

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Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Allison Ziegler and Lauren Spieller!
Apr16

Another Pitch Wars Success Interview with Allison Ziegler and Lauren Spieller!

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 Allison Ziegler and her Pitch Wars mentor Lauren Spieller for a Q and A regarding her recent success! Allison recently signed with Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong Literary Agency. So as to not make this post a novel, we’ll jump right into the interview. Allison, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Lauren? I read her mentor wish list post, so I knew she was looking for YA fantasy. More than just the genre match, the tone of her post also resonated with me—I felt like she was just the right combination of professional and personable. She’s a freelance editor and she’d interned with agencies, so I knew she had industry knowledge and editing experience, and both of those things were big pluses for me. Also, she was super charming on twitter. Lauren, what about Allison’s application made you choose her? I was immediately taken with Allison’s writing. Her first paragraph contained so much—crystal clear setting, wonderful hints at a fantasy world I’d come to love, and a voice I couldn’t get out of my head. I quickly read her sample pages (and read her query out loud, because it was so wonderful!), and emailed her for the full manuscript. Over the next week I asked her a few questions—about her submission history, about writing the book itself, etc.—to get to know her, and I quickly realized we’d be an excellent fit. Choosing Allison as my mentee was a no-brainer. Allison, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? It was intense! Lauren was so good through all of it—we had phone calls and e-mails, we even got to meet up in person. It was so much more than I could have ever asked for. Her notes were so spot on, and even when we did disagree, she was amazing to brainstorm with. Plus, I get a little carried away with my prose sometimes. Or maybe a lot carried away. Lauren really pushed me to be more concise, and I’m a much stronger writer for it. Lauren also sent me and my teammate, Lauren Mansy (who’s now represented by Steven Malk at Writer’s House!), weekly homework that was great for getting us thinking about our manuscripts in new ways. It was also just great to have the e-mail thread between the three of us for chatting and feedback. I had such a wonderful experience, and I learned so much in those months! Lauren, tell us about your experience with...

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