It’s time for more on book pitching with Diane Holmes….her latest is titled–
#6 “There’s a term for this encounter: Death by Meeting.”
Translation: “This is the longest 5 minutes of my life, and it’ll never end. The details in monotone just keep coming, and eventually someone will find my cold, dead body, because I’ll have died of boredom.”
Reality: You’re so focused on sharing every fact, every bullet point, and every footnote, you haven’t been watching the response you’re getting. If you were, you could adjust what you’re saying, know when to stop talking, or try saying something more interesting.
Not everyone succeeds in the first sentence. Some start out rough, adjust, and then win ‘em over!
Solution: We’re not always the best judge of what’s interesting to others. If you can’t get a sense all by yourself about the “excitement” factor of your pitch, you need to use your critique group, writing friend, and others to help you out.
When you practice pitching to another person, have them hold their arm parallel to the ground (in front or to the side, doesn’t matter), and then raise and lower their arm as they become more and less interested. It’s a really simple way to understand how your message is coming across.
And it can be very encouraging to try to raise your friend’s arm. Try out different approaches. Tweak what you’re saying.
Diane Holmes is the Founder and Chief Alchemist behind Pitch University, an online website where writers learn to pitch from the literary agents and editors (and maybe even sell their book in the process). http://www.pitch-university.com/
And yes, she was born in Texas.