Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 14, 2009

Be Pitch Prepared

Anyone who has written a book should take the time to prepare a pitch.  You should work to come up with three to five intertesting sentences to describe your manuscript.  This is called a pitch.

Start your preparation for your pitch by asking these two questions:

What is my book about?

What makes my book unique?

Why is a pitch important?  Well, you never know when you will be in the company of an editor or agent.  A practiced polished pitch could peak their interest and sell your book.  I am sure some of you are saying, “Right, like that will ever happen.”  But it has happened many times.  Albert Borris, author of Crash into Mebagged his agent in an elevator with his pitch and she sold his book.  Who knows how long it would have taken for him to sell his book, if he had not been prepare to snatch that opportunity.  You just never know who you will meet, so be ready. 

Once you have perfected your pitch, then work on a slightly more detailed verzion – like the blurbs on the inside or back cover of a book.  Remember – make it interesting.  You only have a short window of opportunity.  Think commercial. If you don’t get to the point and don’t hold their attention, they’ll leave to go do something else.

When finished, remember don’t leave your house without your business card.  When the opportunity presents itself, I sure the conversation will end with, “How can I contact you?”

Good Pitching,

Kathy

 


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