Authors pitch their book orally all the time! To editors, to B&N workers who make decisions about book-signings, to school-teachers, to friends and family, to people at signings, to co-workers, and, yes, specifically to readers!
We at #50FirstChapters have noticed the stress-posts on Facebook as people contemplate getting the very thing they want: the ear of an agent or editor with the power to help a book get to market.
Fear not! There’s help! We have videos! We have a handout! We have personal experience!
We also have full confidence that pitching a book is something YOU can do, and something ALL AUTHORS do, even if many writers start out a little clumsy.
Fine, you convinced me. I won’t cancel my pitch next week! But I’m so nervous! Now what?!?
Well, get a feel for how a pitch is done, of course! We have an overview of how to pitch plus three mock pitch-sessions for you to view. The more familiar you are with the format and the more you know what to expect, the better time you’ll have and more successful you’ll be.
Here’s a rundown of all the links:
- #50FirstChapters Session 8: Pitching to an Agent
- This 17 minute video overviews how to pitch to an agent.
- #50FirstChapters: Amber’s Pitch
- Amber Hall of LDS Beta Readers tells about her Romantic Suspense while Heather and I critique.
- #50FirstChapters: Gina’s Pitch
- Gina Larsen‘s got a contemporary YA and Heather and I love it.
- #50FirstChapters: Scott’s Pitch
- Our most seasoned pitch-giver, Scott Tarbet shows us how an pitch can be concise and still be conversational. His book is coming out through Xchyler Publishing near the end of the year. Congrats, Scott!
- The Handout for this Session can be printed out or viewed online