Pitch Paragraph

I took that writing seminar on Thursday, and I have been busily working on my pitch ever since.  It’s a lot harder than it looks!  How do you sum up a 300+ page book in less than 12 sentences?

Well, to start with, you don’t.  You can’t!  No one can.

The trick is to find the event that begins your novel – something in the first 30 pages, and write about that.  Then you can craft your pitch around that one event.  You can add in backstory, character insights, world building, related plotlines, or a little bit of them all, but it needs to revolve around that one beginning idea.

So far I’ve written a lot of pitches (upwards of 20).  Most weren’t good.  Some were OK but not right.  I think I’ve finally got the right theme and tone, but it’s just not quite there yet.  It needs some tweaking.

When I’m finished with it, I’ll post it here.  Then, in a month or so (probably more), I’ll let you all know what Kristin thought of it.

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2 Responses to Pitch Paragraph

  1. Jon says:

    Musicians call it a hook. It is the little phrase that sticks the song in your head. Sometimes it is at the beginning, sometimes later on, like in the chorus. Think about the first 3 bars of Honky Tonk Woman, starting with the cow bell and ending with the riff that leads into Mick’s vocal, “I met a gin soaked barroom queen in Memphis…” Hear that, and you’re done.
    The first 8 notes of Beethoven’s 5th qualifies. Ba Ba Ba BAA, Ba Ba Ba BAAAH.. You’re in.
    And one of Rob’s favs, Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah!…
    Lala how the life goes on.

    So find your hook, lay it out there, and then vamp on it a little. You’ll kill.

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