Writing a Pitch
Those of you planning to enter the Amazon/Penguin Fiction Contest have probably written your pitch by now.
Every novelist, sooner or later, must give some thought to “the pitch.”
Like a synopsis a pitch must present–in a short space if written, in a few minutes if spoken–an overall description of the novel: main character/s, main conflict, main plot twists, and resolution.
The pitch contains additional information about targeted audience and marketability.
The Amazon/Penguin contest is expected to draw as many as 10,000 submissions. The 10,000 will be cut to 2,000 on the basis of 300-word pitches.
Even if you don’t plan to enter, you may find the contest criteria useful in planning the pitch you will eventually need if you’re writing a novel.
The 300-word contest pitches are expected to give judges a clear idea of the following aspects of the submitted novel:
originality of idea
how the book fits within this market
why the reader would want to read the novel
The contents of a “pitch” are the same as what goes into a query letter.
Good luck to those of you planning to enter. Any of our readers who entered last year may want to offer last minute tips.“Before” and “Ago” »
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2 Responses to “Writing a Pitch”
I’m excited and can’t wait for this to begin.
300 words isn’t much, about 1 double-spaced page.
This brings to mind a quote we use in our Writing Tips for a Year series.
“When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men’s minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully. Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.” –Cicero
Get to the point. Give the reader what he or she needs. Cut out what is unnecessary. Clarity often comes from concision.