Okay guys, work with me here. Close your eyes (AFTER you read this post). Imagine you’re at a writer’s conference, waiting for the elevator up to your hotel room. The agent of your dreams walks up and stands beside you. He/she smiles and says “Hi.” You manage to return a coherent “Hello” in response. “Enjoying the conference?” the agent asks. “Yes, it’s great!” you respond.
The elevator doors open and you both step in. The agent presses 15. You press 17 (even though your room is on the 5th floor).
Agent looks you squarely in the eye and asks, “So what are you writing?” You now have 15 floors to make an impression.
→ What will you say?
I’ll respond to these next week, so specify in the comments if you DON’T want to be publicly
Update: I’m already noticing problems with people’s pitches sounding either too much like a written pitch (remember, this is a verbal pitch, you don’t want to sound stilted) or too vague. The agent doesn’t want to hear mostly about the theme of your book, i.e. “explores love and forgiveness, yada yada yada.” They primarily want to know the story, with perhaps a brief mention of theme. Keep working…
P.S. Good weekend reading: Time Magazine has an interesting article about the future of publishing. (Click here.)
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