A warm welcome back for Diane Holmes, with the last entry on her 7 part series about pitching…and for today we have…
#7 “Listening to you is like Herding Cats.”
Translation: “What? Wait, No, over there and there and there. Yeah– But– I don’t under– Un-huh. I think– Okay, start over from– Wha–?”
Reality: While books are complex and unfold over many pages, pitches are elegant and illuminate the unique aspect that makes you want to dive into those pages. 1,000 cats vs. 1 cat.
It’s good to be passionate about your book, but you still need to present your book’s hook with logical links from one idea to another. And ultimately, you need to demonstrate that your book can be matched to an audience beyond you (aka interest the person you’re pitching to).
Solution: Think of the editor or agent as your audience. Bring your audience with you as you pitch by understanding what he or she already knows, thinks, and feels about your book’s subject and genre. Start there, then talk them through your book’s hook, building information logically.
If your novel is about a world in which magical beings named Linkers are tied to human souls, don’t start with, “Linker Mai-su just loves what she does and she loves all mankind and she’s their only hope. Souls are really these vortexes and everyone has one except for a few. And they’re really world-makers and really powerful, but that’s not Mai-su. And….” Continue reading 7 Negative Responses To Your Book Pitch & How To Avoid Them: Part 7