A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Leah Collum and Scarlett Cole!
Dec29

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Leah Collum and Scarlett Cole!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Leah Collum and her Pitch Wars mentor, Scarlett Cole! Leah recently signed with Katie Shea Boutillier of Donald Maass Literary Agency, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Leah and Scarlett as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Leah, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Scarlett? Scarlett said she was looking for the perfect mashup of women’s fiction and romance, and my novel is women’s fiction with romantic elements. Plus, she’s a Scorpio and I’m a Pisces, so we’re a match made in water sign heaven! Scarlett, what about Leah’s application made you choose her? I was very fortunate to have received a number of fantastic manuscripts, but there were several things that made THE LOVE TEST stand out. The overall premise is incredibly timely. I love the notion that within the current debate about immigration, there are so many shades of gray to be considered. It’s a provocative question – what would you do if you knew someone who was attempting to carry out immigration fraud? Especially when family, friendship, and love are at stake. Leah’s style of story telling felt very fresh to me. I loved her voice, and I could see huge potential for further character development. I knew I could have impact. And finally, it fulfilled my criteria of walking the line between Women’s Fiction and Romance. Leah, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? It was intense. I added 11,000 words to my overall word count in two months. Between my full-time (and then some) day job and revisions for Pitch Wars, there were times when I wasn’t sure how I could manage it all. But Scarlett was amazingly supportive. Her initial editorial letter was so insightful, and she was full of encouragement as well as suggestions for where and, just as importantly, how to improve my novel. She really went far above and beyond the call of mentoring duty by reading multiple versions of new material and even helping me polish my query letter! I am so lucky to have had her as my mentor and cheerleader on this wild but very fun ride! Of course, I can’t talk about the awesomeness that is Pitch Wars without giving a huge shout out to my fellow mentees. Our Facebook group has been a place of support and camaraderie that is absolutely priceless. They are an amazing group of writers, and I’m so honored to be part of this...

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