Writing a Pitch

I have just under a month to get everything in order for the Writers Conference that I am attending. Not a lot of time to get it all accomplished. The list seems to continue to grow every single day, and sometimes it just seems overwhelming.

The main thing I need to get done is writing my pitch. Something I know nothing about. I have researched like crazy, hoping to get the general idea down. I mean it’s a pitch, not a novel. You would think it would be easier to write.

It isn’t.

How do you put a 300 page book into two simple paragraphs? Keep it under 65 words? How do you make it interesting enough that it will hook an agent? Harder yet, how do you compress it all into one sentence?

The whole idea is extremely daunting, but it has to be done.

The fact is my book isn’t finished yet, but the idea is. I continue to plug away every day, hoping to have enough done before I go, but it takes time, and I just started a couple of months ago. I thought about not pitching, and using the conference as an opportunity to learn more about my craft. I even talked to my husband about it, but he brought up a good point.

This will be my only opportunity to pitch this year. Why waste the chance, and experience that I can gain from meeting the agents.

So, I’m still going to pitch.

Next week at my Writers Group I am going to read my pitches out loud, and ask for suggestions for them. I hope by then I will have something that I can practice and be able to recite without sounding like a robot, or breaking out in hives.

3 thoughts on “Writing a Pitch

  1. Hi Jennifer, I wish you the best of luck. I’ll be attending a writers conference in about a month myself. I had the book Selling Your Story In 60 Seconds by Michael Hauge recommended to me & have found it helpful. 🙂

      1. Of course. 🙂 Even with all the books in the world on the topic it is totally tough — I agree. 🙂 I’m going to the Emerald City Writer’s Conference in Bellevue, WA which runs from Oct 26-28.

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