A 2015 Pitch Wars Success Interview with Tracey Enerson Wood and her mentor, Alex White
Nov17

A 2015 Pitch Wars Success Interview with Tracey Enerson Wood and her mentor, Alex White

The successes from last year are still rolling in along with our new ones! We’re so excited! Our favorite part of hosting pitch contests is being a part of a writer’s triumphs. Today we celebrate Tracey Enerson Wood and her Pitch Wars mentor Alex White! Tracey recently signed with Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency and Lucy Cleland of Kneerim & Williams Agency, and we couldn’t be happier for her. So please join me in congratulating Tracey and Alex as they share with us their awesome Pitch Wars success story.     Tracey, what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Alex? I thought it would be interesting to have a male perspective on my manuscript, as all of my critique partners were female, yet my male beta readers did seem to enjoy it as well.  Also, the numbers of mentors for adult manuscripts was limited. Alex, what about Tracey’s application made you choose her?  Are you kidding? Who could say no to Emily Roebling and a romance with PT Barnum? In all seriousness, I was attracted to the brutality of old-school construction contrasted against the fight Emily faced. I really enjoyed Sara Gruen’s WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, so this book fell squarely into my wheelhouse. Tracey, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Alex would throughly critique a chapter or two at a time. Then we either went back and forth on email, or had a phone call. It was always exciting to get his feedback, and he shared insights which took my manuscript to another level.  Alex, tell us about your experience with mentoring Tracey. Tracey was a pleasure to work with. Her ego never came into it, and she’s a consummate professional. I expect any editor who works with her to be similarly pleased. Tracey, after Pitch Wars you signed with Heather Flaherty of The Bent Agency, and Lucy Cleland of Kneerim & Williams Agency, tell us about “The Calls.” Can you tell us the details about the offer: How long were you on submission? What did you do to distract yourself? How did they contact you? How did you respond? How did you celebrate? Anything! We love knowing it all. My experience was a bit convoluted, as I had an offer of publication for another project in the middle of my offers. I queried Jill Kneerim in June, 2016, with my PW manuscript, and a junior agent, Lucy Cleland, requested a full right away. A couple of months later Lucy sent an email, saying she loved it and requested a phone call!! In the phone call, she reiterated how much she loved the story, but she and Jill thought a sub-plot needed some revision....

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