With Spring Wow’em Pitchfest looming we pulled a few great articles out of the SavvyArchives for you to peruse. You have 4 more days to get ready for Pitchfest! Don’t waste a moment!

~enjoy and GOOD LUCK!

There are a few key things to do to get ready to pitch your story or book to an agent or an editor. Over the years SavvyAuthors has hosted many, many, MANY pitch events and in the process we’ve learned a thing or two.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself and some answers from some of our SavvyAuthors bloggers.

Is your story ready? I mean REALLY ready?

We have a number of articles on SavvyAuthors about how to craft stories, but how do you evaluate if your story is fit for the market you have chosen? Sally Walker, one of our long-time instructors, has a great article about using compare and contrast in crafting your plot. Sally is also a screenwriter, and her plotting advice is spot on. Take a few minutes and see how your story stacks up against her ideas. One of our new bloggers, Meg LaTorre-Snyder, also has a great article on some key considerations when starting your story. It’s a great checklist for your completed story and should help you determine if you have any missing elements.

Why get an agent?

In this day where everyone is interested in self-publishing and some of the hottest publishers are soliciting books directly from authors, do you really need an agent anymore? What exactly does an agent get you? Our own Riley Darkes has a great video post where she discusses just this issue. Agents can definitely help, but do you need one at all and do you need one now?

Three-Line pitch? Log-line? Blurb?

The fundamental of our pitch sessions is the three-line pitch. In those carefully crafted three lines, you are expected to show your voice, hit the compelling parts of your plot, and sell your story.  Gulp. Scary stuff, eh? Sally Walker, bless her teacher’s heart, has a great article on what makes a pitch and how it differs from the other summaries of your story. There is also an excellent article by Jennifer Fusco about how to snag a reader’s attention. This is very relevant for pitches because you have roughly the same amount of time to snag the agent or editor’s attention. Make every word count! The conflict is the heart of a great three-line pitch. Not sure your conflict is up to snuff? Catherine Chant, an amazing SavvyAuthors Instructor, has a great post about character journaling and how you can strengthen your plot (and conflict) by expanding your characters.

Happy Pitching!  Pink Owl

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