The pitch is a B, but my goodness, it gets you where you need to be. If you are in the stage of your writing where you’ve completed your novel, you need to perfect your pitch. Don’t wait your book is polished, do it when you know the skeleton of your story is complete.
There are a few kinds of pitches: the pitch in your query letter, your elevator pitch, and your pitch for talking to an agent in person at a conference. I’m talking about the in-person pitch. Working on any pitch will help you with the others. They are all interconnected, which is the good news because after spending hours creating a pitch for an agent, it makes the elevator pitch and query letter pitch that much easier. It made talking about my books in any situation more of a breeze too. I realized that the earlier you perfect your pitch, the easier life becomes.
If you’re like me, perfecting your pitch is enough to make you lose sleep. It provoked some serious anxiety within me. I mean, how can I narrow down a whole novel, which is brimming with plot, characters, and psychological insight into a one minute pitch? How? Well, I know it sounds daunting but it can be done. I’m not going to fool you, it is work, but it’s so worth it. Like anything, it gets easier with practice. Jump in, don’t be afraid, you will come out better from this experience.
Here are some basics to get you started. Your pitch should include the following:
A high-quality agent will likely ask you some questions. Be ready to answer them. They might be...
Practice your pitch!
Get everything you can from your conversation:
So, go forward, write your pitch, and see how much you learn about yourself and your story in the process.
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