It’s time for the next edition of our seven-part series on pitching your book with Diane Holmes, where she helps talk you through some of the potential issues you may run across when trying to bring your work to print.
#3 “You’re putting lipstick on a bulldog.”
Translation: “You’ve gone to a lot of effort to pretty up a bad idea, make a blue-collar idea seem hoity-toity, or take a meat-and-potatoes idea and make it into caviar. And I am not fooled.”
Reality: Your efforts to make your book’s hook, idea, or premise (the bulldog) exciting and BIG are transparent. Agents and Editors are on to you, and it’s kinda insulting that you think they’d fall for that.
Solution: What’s wrong with a plain ol’ bulldog? By trying to take something and fool people into thinking it’s what it’s not, you miss out on both accounts. At this point, the listener doesn’t want the plain bulldog or the fancy bulldog.
You must be passionate about what your book is really about. And when you look for your book’s unique hook, look for something that is essential, captivating, and authentic.
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.