This year the challenge ends with a virtual pitch slam and you could win a session with not one, but two, agents. I also read pitches weekly as I edit and consult on book proposals and query letters.
As the anticipation and excitement builds, you might want to start honing your pitch. Want to see how it works? The good news is that help is on its way.
Kathleen Antrim and Jon Land host a fabulous workshop on pitching during CraftFest, and they have been kind enough to share a few of their thoughts with you today. It often helps to start with the words: It must be 25 words, or less—the best tend to be 17 words. It must convey the major conflict plotline of the story.
It must reveal the protagonist. Your agent will use it when trying to sell your book to an editor. Here are a few examples: What if a cyborg is sent back through time to kill the mother of the future savior of mankind?
The agents and their bios will be posted on the ThrillerFest website prior to the event. Become familiar with each agent and their agency so that you can make informed choices.
Be professional at all times. This is a business setting, and you want to present a professional image and make a good impression on the agents.
Work on crafting your pitch immediately. This is a difficult task and takes time to perfect. Practice your pitch the night before PitchFest. Get comfortable with what you want to say to the agent or editor before you get into the room. Another way to look at the task is to imagine that your book is being turned into a television movie.
That is your pitch. You need to be comfortable with your pitch. When pitching, make sure that you allow time for a response from the agent within your three allotted minutes.
A good guideline is to stop speaking and let the agent talk after you complete your pitch. Thanks for sharing those helpful tips. Next up is the insightful Jon Land who has perfected his pitching skills through his screenwriting experience.
Take it away, Jon: Short, sweet and to the point! Remember, the initial pitch is only the bait to hook the agents, make them want to hear more. A good pitch gets them leaning forward and listening, even at the end of the afternoon.
A not-so-good pitch, well, they may tune out the rest of what you have to say even if you have a great idea for a book.
You have not only told the agent what your book is about, you have engaged him or her emotionally in the action. Do that, and your pitch will be a winner. See you all in July where I look forward to hearing as many of your pitches as I can possibly listen to and help refine. Readers want to invest in an intriguing character—got it!
Also, take advantage of attending Practice PitchFest to receive more advice on your pitch at Noon on Thursday. Hopefully these suggestions have ignited ideas for your own novel.
Have fun preparing your pitch, try it out on friends and family, and then hone it further. Please join Kathleen and Jon at their CraftFest session where you can pitch the experts and get feedback before PitchFest!
Her assistant, Terry Rodgers, can also answer all of your questions. Good luck preparing for PitchFest.If I was going to pitch to a journalist on why they should write a story about, for example, the webinars I do on how to write a nonfiction book that will sell to a notable publisher, I might tell.
Be sure when you pitch–fiction or nonfiction–you talk about at least three specific results your book can achieve for readers. Out of all these tips, formulas and bits of advice, you should be able to craft a winning pitch–written or spoken.
How to Pitch Your Book October 21, by Shennandoah Diaz Any opportunity you have to get in front of an agents or publishers and tell them about your book is a precious opportunity, no matter how brief the encounter.
Today’s guest post is written by literary agent Michael Larsen, author of How to Write a Book Proposal. Pitching your nonfiction book to an agent or editor takes less than thirty seconds.
The goal: generate maximum excitement in as few words as possible. Without being self-serving, you must capture the essence of your book, why it will appeal to . When you pitch, ask if the blog does raffles and offer to give away something (and ship it): a signed copy of your book, a sample of one of your services (e.g., coaching, consulting), or a fun item that relates to your book.
5 Steps to Writing a Killer Elevator Pitch for Your Book by JENNIE NASH You may think that elevator pitches are only for high-tech startups, job hunters, or Hollywood.