Saturday, April 24, 2010
Pitch it to home plate
I've got a little over a week to prepare for my first pitch session at a writer's conference.
This past week, I solicited several writer friends for help since I wasn't even sure where to begin. Yeah, I can write a query now but take my whole book and narrow it down into one meaningful conflict-filled sentence and have it make sense?
Not so easy.
What I finally did learn about writing a pitch is this: Keep it specific.
Avoid the general words like thriller, romantic, challenges etc. If you use those words your pitch will sound like every other book in the universe and the agent won't have a clue what you wrote.
I'm going to have about three minutes to wow someone about what I've written. What is worse that that, is about five other writers will be sitting with me in the same room awaiting their turn.
How am I going to stick out?
That's where my mirror and chair come in handy.
Don't knock on my front door right now cause you might see me sitting in front of my living room mirror talking to myself. Practicing. Making sure I look normal and friendly when I speak that one line.
So here's the question.
Who out there has pitched at a conference and what great piece of advice can you offer?