Thursday, February 24, 2011

What's Your Pitch?

I learned a long time ago, from attending writers conferences, that in order to "pitch" a book (to an agent, or even to your audience), you must be able to sum it up in one to three sentences. If you can't do that, something's wrong -- either the plot is too convoluted, or you don't know your own intention/focus clearly enough. You don't understand the heart of your book.

Nathan Bransford (former agent and blogger extraordinaire) just posted this on his Facebook page. It's a wonderful formula for helping writers determine their "pitch." Just wanted to pass it along...

One sentence pitch formula: When OPENING CONFLICT happens to CHARACTER, they have OVERCOME CONFLICT to COMPLETE QUEST.

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