A Pitch Wars Success Story with Meghan Scott Molin and her mentor, Kelly Siskind
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A Pitch Wars Success Story with Meghan Scott Molin and her mentor, Kelly Siskind

When our mentees land an agent or a publishing deal, it’s one of the highlights of being part of Pitch Wars. We’re so excited for Meghan Scott Molin and her mentor, Kelly Siskind. Meghan signed with Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary after Pitch Wars 2016, and we couldn’t be happier for her! Please, help me in congratulating Meghan and Kelly on their Pitch Wars Success! Meghan, what was it about Kelly that made you choose to send them a Pitch Wars application? Kelly’s personality jumped off the page when I read through her bio. I could tell she was fun, spunky, a Grade A Nerd, and knew her way around a comic book…all things that were important to anyone working with Drag Net. I can’t even tell you how perfect Kelly was for my book. Kelly, what was it about Meghan’s DRAG NET that hooked you? Her voice. Bang. From the first line. It was fun and fresh and dropped me right into her main character’s world. Meghan, tell us about the revision process for Pitch Wars? It nearly killed me. (I kid! … sorta!) Kelly warned me that if she took me on as mentee that my book needed _a lot_ of work, but that if I stuck through we’d have an amazing book on the other side. I promised to work hard and boy did I! We did three revision passes. One huge one after a telephone call where we re-plotted the mystery, changed the antagonists identity, and rolled a 30 year old murder into the plot (my brain literally hurt trying to figure it all out), One more minor plot revision after I’d re-written half the book, and then a huuuuuuge set of line edits. Her revision notes were so FUNNY though, I’d literally be in the pit of despair, and then I’d flip a page, read her note about how hot my MMC was, and I’d laugh and have a new wave of energy. It was so perfect. Kelly, tell us about your experience mentoring Meghan. Aside from a few times I had to pull out my trusty whip, Meghan was a wonderful mentee. She did a lot of work restructuring sections of the manuscript, as well as delving into the characters, their motivations, and developing a more intricate plot. It wasn’t easy. It took a lot of hours on her part, and some back-and-forth chatting, but she pulled it all together by the end. She’s also a doll, so working with her was always fun. Meghan, after Pitch Wars, you signed with Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary. Please, tell us about “The Call.” We love all the...

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