Contest and Conference season is closing in and one of the main things we learn as budding or published authors is ‘the pitch’.
First of all, what IS a pitch?
Well….very loosely, it’s the best pick-up line for an agent or editor.
You’re trying to win them woo them with your story J
For a perfect pick-up line, what do you need?
Here are a few of my ideas – and I hope you all can add some more to the mix J
You’re serious about your story
Lots of people can come up with a story idea, but very few end of writing a book. When you write a pitch, you want to have enough of the story written to show you’re serious. If you’re an unpublished author, you need to have the entire book completed. That in and of itself shows seriousness.
If you’re a published author, your pitch should be strong enough to show you’re committed to the story. I prefer having a solid outline for the book before I pitch it, or at least a sure grasp on my characters’ motivations.
Your concept is clear and interesting
A pitch gives a clear (and succinct) heart of your story. I’m writing a new novel series and just finished working on a proposal for it. Here’s the pitch:
A small town tea shop owner with a sweet-tooth and a devil-may-care Englishman with more savory tastes join forces to cater an England-themed wedding.
A wedding planner with dramatic flair and country charm teams up with an aloof undercover prince to create a fairytale wedding for her best friend.
He’s trying to find a hero within and she’s pretty sure it’s a lost cause, but sparks are sure to fly when this opinionated country girl and an arrogant city boy team up to save a children’s clinic from bankruptcy.
A young inventor who chooses crime fighting instead of matrimony and a handsome detective trying to prove his worth team up to stop the illusive Jack the Ripper before someone they love becomes his next victim.
In these, I HOPE I’ve established a few things.
1. A little hint of the hero and heroine’s personalities
2. Possible conflict
So, how about you try?
You need a hero (and if it’s a romance you need a hero and heroine)
A little personality touch
And a twist
How about you? Share your pitches OR share your tips for pitch writing!