Pitch Wars Success Story with May B. Bridges and her mentor, Jami Nord!
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Pitch Wars Success Story with May B. Bridges and her mentor, Jami Nord!

  I’m a little new to the world of pitch contests and have never even entered Pitch Wars, but I’ve seen the other side of it. Book deals, agent calls, the support, the camaraderie, being picked up when you think there’s no way to stand anymore. This is the best part, the most redeeming part of this community. Today we celebrate May B. Bridges and her Pitch Wars mentor Jami Nord! May recently signed with agent Kim Lionetti of Book Ends Literary. May, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Jami? She has amazing editorial experience, wanted romance, and didn’t seem like the type to shy away from something dark and gritty.  Jami, what about May’s application made you choose her? I was deliberately looking for something I thought would have a strong appeal to a range of agents. I’d done wonderful SF/F projects previously, and KT and I co-mentored a great Urban Fantasy, but those are harder sells. I was interning for a very romance-focused agent at the time, and so I requested about 6 manuscripts from my slush that were all either romances or had significant romance/thriller elements.  I kept jumping from MS to MS, but hers drew me back strongest. I narrowed it to a top 3, and the other 2 were wanted by other mentors as well. We sorted that out, and it made my choice easy! May, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? I was lucky that I didn’t have a ton to do. Jami has a great mind for this business and before we stated revisions, we looked at where my book would fit best in the market and what publishers might have a place for it. With that in mind, we did revisions that moved the manuscript closer to those target audiences. Jami, tell us about your experience with mentoring May. She was really wonderful, both easy to work with and cheerful even when I was raking the MS over the coals. It straddled between romance subcategories, and there were places where the tension needed adjusted, things like that, but it was really already a pretty clean MS. We actually finished early, even with doing a line level pass on it to nitpick things like sensory details and flow. (She also sent me the most adorable notebook, with charms that fit her story after. Totally MADE my day!)   May, after Pitch Wars you signed with Kim Lionetti of BookEnds, tell us about “The Call.” Can you tell us the details about the offer: How long were you on submission? What did you do to distract yourself? How...

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