A Pitch Wars Success Story with Dianne Freeman and her mentor, E.B. Wheeler
Jan20

A Pitch Wars Success Story with Dianne Freeman and her mentor, E.B. Wheeler

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 Dianne Freeman and her mentor, E.B. Wheeler. Dianne signed with Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for her! Please, help me in congratulating Dianne and E.B. on their Pitch Wars Success. Dianne, what was it about E.B. that made you choose to send her a Pitch Wars application? Emily liked history and mystery so I thought we’d be a good fit. Reading her bio gave me some insight to her personality—humor, intelligence, and kindness. I could tell she’d have a good eye for the weaknesses in my writing. I knew I’d love every minute of working with her and I was right! E.B., what was it about Dianne’s A LADY’S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER that hooked you? The voice. It’s appropriately old-fashioned for a historical mystery, but not too stuffy, and it’s full of this great, dry humor. Dianne, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? I had a bit of a head start on this. While Emily was still deciding on her mentee, she sent me some notes on the big-picture issues she’d want to work on, to see if I was open to them. I thought they were such good ideas, I dove right in, never thinking she’d actually pick me. So when she sent her big-picture edits, I was ready. We did a second pass for line edits, ten first chapters, and twenty first pages! Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit, but we really worked toward perfecting them. E.B., tell us about your experience mentoring Dianne. Dianne was great to work with. She was enthusiastic about strengthening her manuscript, and she took my feedback and ran with it. If I suggested something that didn’t fit for her vision of the story, she was good about talking it through with me so we could find a solution we both agreed on. Dianne, after Pitch Wars, you signed with Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency. 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. Melissa sent an e-mail saying she’d like to “chat” and we scheduled the call for two days later. I had plenty of time to prepare, so I way over-prepared. I made a list of questions for her and a list of questions she might...

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