A Pitch Wars Success Story with Julie Clark and her mentors, Karma Brown and Susan Bishop Crispell
Jan16

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Julie Clark and her mentors, Karma Brown and Susan Bishop Crispell

Having our mentees land an agent or a publishing deal is one of the highlights of being part of Pitch Wars. We’re so excited for Julie Clark and her mentors, Karma Brown and Susan Bishop Crispell. Julie signed with Mollie Glick of Creative Artists Agency after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for her! Please, help me in congratulating Julie, Karma, and Susan on their Pitch Wars Success. Julie, what was it about Karma and Susan that made you choose to send them a Pitch Wars application? Aside from the fact that I love their books, what really made me want to work with them was the promise of “the most intense edit of your life”. I was drawn to that because I knew something wasn’t working with my manuscript, but I was too close to be able to see it clearly. Karma and Susan, what was it about Julie’s THE ONES WE CHOOSE that hooked you? The premise of THE ONES WE CHOOSE piqued our interest immediately. It promised an emotional women’s fiction story and did not disappoint. The manuscript was also one of the most polished submissions we received. We could tell right away that Julie had already worked hard to get the manuscript in great shape, and she seemed eager to do whatever it took to take it that last big step from “close” to “there”. Julie, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? Karma and Susan suggested some big changes to my storyline. They were able to see immediately what worked and what didn’t – and the best part was that they were available for brainstorming. They weren’t lying when they said it was going to be intense. I look back on the two months and feel like if I wasn’t teaching or sleeping, I was writing. I threw out a large chunk of the original premise and added a new subplot that needed to be woven all the way through. Then on top of that, I had to deepen the relationships between all of the characters, add chapters, rearrange existing chapters so the timeline was tighter and……it’s all kind of a blur. I went through three full revisions in that two-month window. They nit-picked EVERYTHING and I loved every minute of it.  Julie, after Pitch Wars, you signed with Mollie Glick of CAA. Please, tell us about “The Call.” We love all the details about the offer, how they contacted you, how you responded, celebrations, emotions . . . How long did you have to wait and how did you distract yourself? Anything! We love hearing about all of it. I sent all my...

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