So, to summarize the tips you guys left on Friday's post, these are the major themes that developed:
- Practice, practice, practice
- Stay calm, remember to breath
- Remember you are just sharing your passion for your book
- Come up with one sentence that summarizes your whole book and memorize it
- Always start the pitch with a friendly greeting (don't just start rambling), introduce yourself, state your genre and word count
- Create three pitches: a one sentence, one paragraph and two paragraph
- Memorize them, but be flexible and allow the conversation to be two-sided
- There was some debate as to how long a pitch you should give - Janet suggested asking the agent what kind of pitch they like in conference settings
- Be prepared to answer questions (Rachelle's post has a good list of potentials)
I've started brainstorming my different length pitches and I'm going to post them here on Friday. I might do a vlog. No promises, though. Whether I do or don't will depend on a) if I can figure out how to use my webcam, b) if I can keep from LMAO while trying to record it, and c) how cringe-worthy I am on camera.
Two other bits of business. First, don't forget to sign up for me and Colene's SPD blogfest on St. Patty's Day! Second, Carol Riggs is doing a critique of the first 250 words of my novel Countless on her blog on Wednesday. Fun stuff! Have a great week fellow writers!