Pitches are powerful.
And like a good salsa, they need to tickle the taste-buds of the agent or editor so they aren't satisfied until they learn more.
It perks the senses with questions.
So today, I want you to hit me with your best SHOT!. I'll provide the yummy dip recipe and you provide the chips! YOUR PITCHES. If you want a second opinion, I'll be happy to give my 1/2 penny worth, but it will at least give you the opportunity to hone your story down to 25 scintillating words.
Here are a few of mine to get you thinking 'short' and 'spicy':
If she lets the past catch her, will it bring healing or heartache?
How much matchmaking mischief does it take to cross an ocean?
A romance-phobic Appalachian single mom travels to England to solve a 500 year old family mystery and attempts to keep her fragile heart out of the unpredictable hands of a reformed British bad-boy
Sophia trust her heart to her immortal enemy?
A 300 year old Ancient teams up with her immortal enemy to defeat a cult of vampires in the mysterious hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Is the strength of prophecy, magic, and love strong enough to protect the children of Arthur?
In present day Virginia, the ancestors of King Arthur along with their protector, Merlin's son, rush to fulfill the prophecy of their lives before centuries of evil destroy them.
So - let's see if you can break your novel down to something shorter? Movies do it all the time.
After a twister transports a lonely Kansas farm girl to a magical land, she sets out on a dangerous journey to find a wizard with the power to send her home. (logline by Brian A. Klems, found at http://blog.writersdigest.com/qq/What+Is+A+Logline.aspx)
For more info about pitch writing, check out this link:
Okay, so here's the EASY Chicken Nacho Dip:
2 cans Tyson's chicken
1 tsp garlic
2- 16 oz cans of salsa (of your choosing and spice)
15 oz can refried beans
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3 cups shredded cheese
Mix all ingredients together except 1 cup of cheese. Place in crock pot on low heat for 2 hours or high heat for 45 minutes. Just before serving add additional cup of cheese.
Serve with your favorite chips.
Now, bring your pitches!!!