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.
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