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Perfecting Your Pitch

 Last month I journeyed south to Nashville--no, not to enjoy the music, although I did manage to squeeze in a bit of that as well--but mainly to attend the MidSouth SCBWI Conference. The conference offered many opportunities for writers to perfect their craft. One of the fun sessions was on "Perfecting Your Pitch." Your elevator pitch to an editor or agent you're dying to impress.

This pitch lesson was set up like a speed dating session. Each writer had a minute to present another writer with her pitch, and vice versa. A quick minute of feedback from each writer, and then--as in musical chairs, a new set of writers faced each other and the pitches began all over again. This continued through about 10 changes of writers. By the end of the 30 minutes, I was perfecting my pitch--and getting some exercise as well.

Here's the main points you need to highlight in your pitch:

TITLE
GENRE AND AGE RANGE OF AUDIENCE
NAME AND AGE OF MAIN CHARACTER
HOOK (what makes the story unique) 
MAIN CONFLICT OR ACTION

Condense those elements down into a one minute grabber and you have a perfect pitch.
Sound easy?
Of course it's not, but give it try.

Ready, set, pitch!

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Cynthia Reeg is perfecting her pitch for her WIP, a middle grade fantasy with lots of slimy stuff. To find out more about her books and writings, visit www.cynthiareeg.com.

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weinsteinmik
Oct. 31st, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
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