A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Brian Palmer and Holly Faur!
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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Brian Palmer and Holly Faur!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Brian Palmer and his Pitch Wars mentor, Holly Faur! Brian recently signed with Laura Crockett of TriadaUS, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for him. So without further ado, please meet Brian and Holly as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Brian, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Holly? Okay, so this is the one part of the Pitch Wars experience I regret: I actually did not submit to Holly, but I very nearly did so (she was the last person I crossed off my list of prospective mentors to apply to because I really liked the quiet, literary feel I got from her web page and some of the books she was into, even if they didn’t seem to be quite in the realm of what I was writing)! I couldn’t tell for sure whether she was looking for my kind of novel, and I made the mistake of not contacting her to find out for sure before submitting my applications. Sorry, Holly! The lesson? When in doubt, ask! However, when she swooped in like a ninja with an email whose subject line said “Your Fab Manuscript,” and I remembered the fact that I almost sent her an application, I jumped at the chance to work with her and told her I would be happy to do so if she decided she wanted my manuscript. I loved her enthusiasm for A SILENCE WORTH BREAKING, and could tell she connected with what I was aiming to do with this story, both of which were huge pluses! So to summarize: Holly is awesome, I goofed, she gave me a second chance, and I took it! Holly, what about Brian’s application made you choose him? Brian may have already mentioned above, but he did not sub to me. I had a handful of subs I was strongly considering when his query was passed to me. This is cliche, but it was the voice! He hooked me in the query, and we all already know his synopsis was perfect. I read parts of the manuscript, but I had all I needed. Brian, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Man, was it intense! I knew going in that it would be hardcore, nose-to-the-grindstone stuff, but even that knowledge only prepared me so much for the real thing! But it was LOADS of fun as well. Holly was the perfect mentor because she “got it” with respect to my novel. She helped me see...

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