A Pitch Wars Success Interview with Summer Spence and Evelyn Skye
Jul18

A Pitch Wars Success Interview with Summer Spence and Evelyn Skye

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Summer Spence and her Pitch Wars mentor Evelyn Skye! Nina recently signed with Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Summer and Evelyn as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Summer, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Evelyn? Oh, man, I STALKED all of the mentors—er, I mean I researched them thoroughly—before submitting. I wanted to be sure not only that they were looking for my type of book, but that we would mesh in other ways, too. When I chatted with Evelyn and asked a (moronic) question, and she responded with a high dose of sarcasm, I knew we’d be just fine. All of the mentors I submitted to were so gracious and helpful, but with Evelyn, there was a little spark of mischief… which suits me perfectly. Evelyn, what about Summer’s application made you choose her? Haha, I don’t even remember your question, Summer, or my sarcastic answer. But I’m so glad it worked! I fell in love with Summer’s manuscript from the very first lines. And the concept of the story itself! Wow. Two lost princes from long ago, a castle in modern day England, magic… *swoon* Summer, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? The revision period for me was INSANE. Evelyn warned me before we started that she’d be asking a lot of me. And she wasn’t kidding. She wouldn’t accept anything less than what she knew was my best. She called me on a lot of bad habits I didn’t even know I had. AND, she didn’t hesitate to tell me that I needed to re-write almost a quarter of my book. But even with such a massive task, I didn’t worry — her critiques were right on, and she was there for me 150% of the way. I think my revision was fueled on her faith in me and in my story. She was always there — whenever I had a question, or hit a road block, or just to chat and remind myself that I’m HUMAN. That was the best part about having Evelyn as my mentor — she is just about the best human on this planet. She’s become so much more than a mentor. She’s my friend. And I’m so lucky for it. The book stuff was just icing on the cake. Evelyn, tell us about your experience with mentoring Summer. How was mentoring your other team members?...

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