Meet Lana Pattinson, a 2016 Pitch Wars mentee and a professional marketer.
You were an unofficial mentee in Pitch Wars 2016 with Marty Mayberry as your mentor. Tell us a little about your book that got you into Pitch Wars, MOM, I MARRIED A HIGHLANDER.
I didn’t get into Pitch Wars in 2015. The manuscript was a Historical Fantasy, and I kept trying to describe it to people and they would say – Oh, It’s like a YA Outlander! And I’m like noooo…there’s no time travel etc. And then they’d make a sad face (seriously, this happened several times). So when I didn’t get in…I got mad. I revenge-wrote this book, LOL. It was fun.
I assume it’s a safe bet to guess your Scottish roots helped inspire your MS. What made you choose a cute Highlander as a love interest?
I met my Scottish husband over there when I was studying abroad. I lived there for about 6 years and loved it!
Do you think you will write any other books that draw inspiration from Scotland?
Probably, but not always. My current WIP is Victorian Glasgow. But the next one is a space opera!
You hosted Pitch Wars 2016 #PimpMyBio blog hop for Pitch Wars Contestants and you’re hosting it again this year. What’s the best part about being the one to host it?
It’s so much fun! you can tell a lot about a person by their profile. It lets you make friends with people on a deeper level than a 140-character tweet.
How did you go about tackling your Pitch Wars revisions with Marty?
Marty is a speed demon. She writes and revises like a tornado. But thankfully, she’s patient. She sent me a long edit letter (6-8 pages, I think), about high level things that needed fixing. No surprise, one of them was “Up the romance” – Marty is very, very good at Romance. Anyone would be lucky to have her & Leonie as mentors this year!
Did anything about the Pitch Wars process surprise you?
The sheer amount of work involved in order to get it ready for the Agent Showcase. Really. If you want to know what life is like when you’re published and have hard deadlines, this is good prep.
What was your biggest takeaway from being a Pitch Wars mentee?
It was great to have someone hold my had through the revision process. I feel more confident about trusting myself – and my CP’s – more.
Some hopefuls get scared about submitting to Pitch Wars. What advice would you give to scared hopefuls
Take a chance. DON’T SELF-REJECT. Pitch Wars is a lot like the real publishing world…it’s down to subjectivity. Yours might be the MS that the Mentor falls in love with…but you’ll never know unless you try!
Besides writing, you offer marketing and social media consulting services to authors. What got you interested in those areas?
That’s my background, actually. I have a BS in Business and an MBA and worked in global marketing for over 15 years. I took a break when I had my daughter, and decided I wanted to switch gears and start writing. Once I got into the community I realized that I had skills that would be useful! Hence I teach Branding for Authors and Pinterest for Authors at Margie Lawson’s Writing Academy, Savvy Authors and several RWA chapters and conferences.