FINAL PITCH SUBMISSIONS are due by Saturday, November 10th at midnight, EST. Please be sure to follow submission instructions listed below. Three finalists will be announced mid-week (check back!). The WINNER will be announced by Friday, barring Michelle has power and all is well in NYC. Good luck, everyone!
We’ve discussed COMPONENTS of a rock star pitch in Part 1, and HOW TO DELIVER it in Part 2. This week, we will create a pitch for our novels and give and receive feedback from other entrants. Next week, submit your BEST PITCH for a chance to get your pages in front of literary agent Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
1. Writers in need of help with their pitches (finished ms NOT required)
2. Writers who could use honest feedback & line edits on their pages
3. Writers with finished manuscripts, ready to pitch to an agent
1. Create a three sentence pitch
2. There is no word count limit, but remember to create a vivid teaser that illustrates the tone and major conflict in your novel
3. You may post up to two pitches on your blog for feedback. Also, you may submit up to two pitches for DIFFERENT manuscripts for the contest.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE WORKSHOP
1. Leave a comment on this post and be sure to INCLUDE YOUR WEBSITE LINK. If you don’t have a site of your own, post your pitch in the comments of this post. You will receive feedback there.
2. I will keep a running list of participants at the bottom of this post with your links as you sign up. This makes for easy hopping to and from others’ sites.
3. Feel free to post up to TWO pitches on your blog.
1. Sign-up October 28th-Nov 3rd (Sun-Sun)
2. On Mon & Tue Nov 5th & 6th, post your pitch to your blog
3. Hop from blog to blog and give other participants feedback on their pitches
Submit your FINAL PITCH November 7th-10th. Submissions must be entered by MIDNIGHT EST, Saturday Nov 10th. Email your final pitches to HeatherWebb (dot) writes (at) gmail (dot) com. The subject heading should read: ROCK STAR PITCH.
Your email should include the following things:
- author name
- book title
- word count
I WANT TO ENTER THE CONTEST, BUT NOT THE BLOG HOP
This is fine. Just follow submission rules listed above. But I will say this—if your pitch is perfect, why not share it on your blog anyway? You can help others by demonstrating your prowess. Not to mention, you’ll receive all kinds of gushy praise and who doesn’t like that? And my final point is—someone may make a suggestion that will strengthen your pitch. You never know. The choice is yours.
1. Please share the contest on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. I won’t be tracking you, but the more folks we have participate, the more advice you will receive on your pitches.
2. Be kind, but honest with your feedback.
***All three finalists will receive a FREE critique from editor extraordinaire (me).
***ONE WINNER will have their first ten pages read by Michelle Brower.
***I’ve lifted this right from the Folio Literary Management website.
WHAT MICHELLE IS LOOKING FOR
I’m interested in fiction that pays equal attention to both the voice and the story, and I’m particularly drawn to thrillers and literary mysteries, quirky women’s fiction, “book club” fiction that brings a tear to the eye and a thrill to the heart, books with a fantastic/paranormal element that reach beyond genre fiction, and literary fiction that pops off the page. I am also selectively representing edgy YA with the same qualities. In non-fiction, I am mostly interested in subject-driven narratives, memoirs, or journalism, but will always be on the lookout for the right book on the right practical subject. Food, science, psychology, pets/animals, and humor are some of my favorite topics. Overall, I love a book that takes an unusual look at the world, whether that’s by writing through the lens of a personal story or focusing on the big picture.
WHAT SHE IS NOT LOOKING FOR
I am not looking for genre romance, cozy mysteries, westerns, hard science fiction or fantasy. I also do not represent children’s picture books, plays, or screenplays.
GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!
2. Elizabeth Campbell Frey (pitch in comments) 12. Rebeca Schiller
10. Diedre Riordan Hall 20. Kate Michael (pitch in comments)
21. Jessica Harvey
22. Talynn Lynn
23. Cynthia Dwyer
24. (sign up in comments)