Share your elevator pitch!
Let’s face it – with COVID and social distancing, you’re unlikely to be riding in an elevator with a publisher any time soon. But short and exciting pitches are important things to have in your artillery, whether it’s to explain to your Aunt Mildred why you’re always working all the time, or to capture the attention of a literary agent in your query letter.
There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for writing a pitch. What agents want to see, is a short description of your book that explains why they should be excited to read it. For some books, this could be done in just a few words. For example, the Alex Rider Series is: “A young James Bond”. Four words, and we have a pretty good idea what these books are going to look like, and how they might have an exciting audience ready-and-waiting.
Other books might have a harder time condensing to so few words – and for agents – that's usually fine. You want to ensure you’re not going over two short paragraphs if you can, and you focus only on the things that are most important/exciting about your idea. If you’re not sure what this is – think about what made you so excited to write it in the first place. Maybe it was character, or theme, or place? And if you’re still not sure – ask your Aunt Mildred to read it instead and kindly tell you what your book is about. Sometimes, a more distanced view can offer us much-needed clarity on this stuff!
So – what does the pitch in your query letter look like? Are you having trouble getting to the bottom of what makes your idea exciting? Share below for some peer feedback.