PitchWars brought my writing to the traditional publishing, professional level. There are many roads to publication, but the mentorship experience was a lightspeed shortcut. My mentor helped me hone my craft, guiding me through resources and pushing me to challenge myself.

Mentoring for the PitchWars and Binders programs has let me put my experience into action. I know what it’s like on both sides of the table. I’ve learned how to accept and offer criticism, allowing me to provide help while supporting the other person’s process and goals for their work.

After more than a decade teaching English, plus my time as a copyeditor and translator for private firms and international organizations, I have the practical and relational skills to help make a good story into a great book.

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Igor Stevanovic
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“I love Gia’s approach to editing. Before working with her, I wasn’t sure what I needed. I felt really down about my work and not sure where to begin. Gia’s editing style merges developmental editing with a coaching type of vibe which was perfect for me. She is collaborative, and begins with goal setting for the author, keeping the writer’s readership in mind. Gia’s suggestions and close collaboration with the author always remain based on those goals. At the end, I became a more intuitive writer because of Gia’s help and she is still my go to!

Yasmin H.