Pitch and Hurl

‘Pitch’ is a great action verb–one that implies such force and movement. But to a writer, a pitch is a kind of verbal query, delivered in person.

Gaak!Contemplating having to deliver a real pitch in front of a real agent or editor at the Moonlight & Magnolias conference next month makes me think of a different action verb: Hurl. I can envision some pretty good force behind that one, too.

The critique group I’m part of is revving up for the conference. Instead of swapping manuscript chapters at our next meeting, we’re each going to share a one-page synopsis and practice pitching. I found lessons to read over at Pitch University, and after I’ve reviewed every single one of them, I hope to feel slightly less nauseous.

But just in case, I’m stocking up on the pink stuff. You can’t be too careful about these things.

 

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5 Responses to Pitch and Hurl

  1. That’s pretty funny Sherri, but ooh so true.

  2. The title made me laugh out loud. I survived my first pitch (barely) and the key was not to try to sell the story as much as make a connection. Typically, at a conference they ask you to submit at least a partial unless it’s not something they represent. So relax and be your charming, witty self and you’ll be fine.

  3. That was the best blog post title every! Hilarious! Good luck with your pitching. One thing that helped me with conference pitches was knowing that most agents don’t want to tell you ‘no’ to your face, so chances are they’re going to request a bit unless your book really isn’t in their subject area (in which case it doesn’t matter how amazing your pitch is). When you send the book in, you can wow them with your writing. Good luck!

  4. Thanks, guys! And Tracy and Caryn, thank you for the great advice! I hope to have a few key points memorized by then, so if I don’t come off sounding like a robot, I’ll call it a win. =D

  5. Hi, yeah this article is actually nice and I have learned lot of things
    from it about blogging. thanks.

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