And it got me thinking - what a great idea! Why? Because the comment section is the perfect place to squeeze your ideas down into a visually small place.
When you write your pitch in a Word doc. or whatever program you use - the page is big! Look at all the space I can fill up. But the comment box is small - it actually forces you to see your pitch from a different perspective and helps you make the cuts, change the verbs, and sharpen the focus of your pitch until you are saying exactly what needs to be said - and nothing more.
So, I'm putting on my imaginary agent hat, and asking you to pitch your NOVEL to me in the comments section of this post. The book doesn't have to be finished, just as long as you know what happens and can end the pitch smoothly.
Use as few words as possible - but be clear. (Extra challenge: can you keep it under 75 words? 50? Go for it!)
Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind when writing your pitch:
- Use the same voice as the book itself.
- No adverbs or adjectives.
- Use strong verbs.
- Talk only about the MAIN thread of your book the most. If you have subplots
or intersecting plots focus on how they play out in the main story in one or two
sentences (if you need to talk about them at all).
- Don't hold back - use rich language, inviting voice, and creative
- Don't forget the basics - genre, word count -that's up front info agents
want to know right out of the chute.
- Include your e-mail address if you would like me to chat with you about
your pitch. If you include your e-mail address, I will get back to you in a few
days with ideas about what you did great and what you might want to