Interview with Tara Creel

Our interview today is with Tara Creel, a middle grade writer and 2016 Pitch Wars mentee (and 2017 Pitch Wars mentor!). You can find her on twitter or her website if you want to learn more! 

What did you do to prepare for Pitch Wars?

Preparing for PitchWars isn’t a one person job, you need to use your writing community, and if you don’t have one, find it. Your manuscript that you are submitting should be seen by at least three other sets of eyes besides your own and you need to have time to go through that feedback before sending it to mentors. By doing this, you’ll not only make friends, but you’ll give yourself and your story the best chance with the mentors. Stalk the feed, make friends, learn something new, share your own wisdom: this will all help you prepare.

How did you choose which mentors to send to?

For me, it’s kinda something I just knew — like a gut feeling. Mentors are really thorough with their wishlists so be sure to pay attention to those and see where you fit, don’t fit. All of the mentors I subbed to had a lot of things on their lists that I thought would be a match, as well as the fact that I had interacted with them on Twitter and found out we had a good rapport. So, take notes on wishlists, interact on the feed, and ask questions to mentors if you’re there are any questions about compatibility.

How/Why did you decide to enter Pitch Wars?

I really believe in PitchWars for so many reasons. I entered in 2015 and had a few requests, ended up not being chosen, but received some amazing feedback. When I had a new manuscript the next year, I knew I wanted to try again. The benefits of PitchWars isn’t only to strengthen your manuscript, but to give yourself that support group so when the successes and failures inevitably come, you aren’t alone. The PitchWars community is the best I’ve ever seen.

What would you say to someone thinking about entering Pitch Wars?

If you’re on the fence about entering PitchWars, I say just go for it. It’s a win/win situation, even if you’re not chosen. Everyone has their own path to publication, but putting yourself out there and learning along the way are only going to make you stronger, and that’s what PitchWars will do for you.

What is one gif that represents your Pitch Wars experience?



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