with Marilyn Forsyth
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Bah-bow! With a roll of her eyes, she replied, ‘Then you shouldn’t be here. ’Bye.’
Result: shortest pitch session evah! (But, dammit, she was right.)
What did I learn? That you should read everything you can find on the editor/agent you’re pitching to. Know what they’re after and ensure that’s what you’re offering them.
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Result: I ran out of time to finish my pitch. I was asked to send 3 chapters (but I suspect it was a pity offer and I didn't hear from her again).
What did I learn? That there’s a huge difference between verbal and written communication. Practise your pitch until it sounds as natural as if you’re talking with a friend. The editor/agent knows your story will end happily; what he/she wants to hear is how and why your characters fall in love, and the conflict keeping them apart.
Keep your pitch to just over 1 minute. Yes, one minute. Don’t try to cover everything. Treat it like speed-dating—intrigue the editor/agent just enough to leave him/her hungry for more and wanting a second date i.e. a request for the full ms.
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Result: A request for the full ms!
What did I learn? Persistence pays off. Yeah! Twelve months later, my dream is about to become reality. Early next year my debut book will be published by Harlequin Mira!
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2. Start with title, genre, word length.
3. Move on to elevator pitch/tag line, describe MCs and their goals/conflict (dot point notes on cards), and be prepared to confidently answer any questions about your book baby.
4. State how your book fits the publisher’s line and what gives it that point of difference.
5. Thank editor/agent.
Go get ’em! Good luck!
Do you have a story to share about pitching? Or any added advice? Love to hear it.
I Love to Love Buzzfeed Quizzes on Facebook (one of my many forms of procrastination). Who knew I was Vincent Van Gogh in a past life!
I Love to Laugh out loud. Check out my Pinterest page at https://www.pinterest.com/marilynforsyth/fun-stuff/ to see what makes me lol.
I Love to Learn by entering RWA writing competitions. The feedback I've received over the years has helped me achieve my ultimate goal. Big thanks to all you volunteer judges out there.