Interview with Kimberly Gabriel

Our interview today is with Kimberly Gabriel, a member of the Pitch Wars Class of 2016. You can find her on Twitteror her website if you want to learn more! 

How did you decide which mentors to send to?

In the weeks leading up to Pitch Wars, I read the mentor’s blogs 468 times each. I made a spreadsheet, reached out to them via Twitter and interacted, watched their live streaming videos, and spent way more time than I should have perseverating over which six mentors to submit to. Luckily for me, the mentor I fell in love with the most, the one who I put at the top of my nerdy spreadsheet and stayed there, was Dawn Ius, who became my Pitch Wars mentor. I also read the mentor’s books to give me a feel for their style. I LOVED Dawn’s books and everything about her writing, which solidified her as the perfect fit for me. For the record: I have loved every mentor book I read. They are all talented writers and generous people.

What is one thing you wish everyone knew about Pitch Wars?

Pitch Wars is not about just the agent round. Sure, the agent-round is an amazing, nerve-racking opportunity. But it won’t be the end of your journey, even if you’re signed immediately following it. Pitch Wars is so much more than that, and every step will elevate your writing. Working with Dawn Ius elevated my writing. Swapping with other Pitch Wars mentees, who have become Betas and CPs, elevated it further. I revised twice after the agent round before I signed with my agent. And guess what? Working with my agent continuously pushes my writing. Pitch Wars will kick your ass in the best way possible and give you that support system every writer needs to survive this journey we’re all trudging our way through, thanks to Brenda Drake, who pretty much deserves to be knighted. She’s linked to how many success stories at this point? Hundreds? Thousands? Hundreds of millions? Who knows. She’s amazing.

 What is one GIF that pretty much sums up your Pitch Wars experience? 

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