#5onFri: Five Articles to Help You Pitch Your Book

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Community

OMG Writer Igniter Con is just one week away! One of my favorite things about this online conference is that you can get real-time feedback from agents so you can learn to pitch your book.

Of course, with the conference just around the corner, my team and I have been getting some questions what a pitch actually is, why writers need one, and–most importantly–how to do it right. That’s where this post comes in.

In this #5onFri round-up, I thought I’d explain a little bit about the pitch session at #WICon2015 and how it will work. Then I’ll share a round-up of five DIY MFA articles that are all about pitching and how to craft your pitch. This way, whether you’re attending #WICon or you’re going to another conference that has a pitch session, you’ll have all the info you need to pitch your book and put your best foot forward.

5 Articles to Help you Pitch Your Book

From Zero to Pitch in 24 Hoursnight-vintage-music-bokeh-large

by: Kayla MacNeille

In this great recap of the pitch sessions at the Writer’s Digest Conference, Kayla MacNeille digs into the do’s and don’ts of crafting an awesome pitch. Read on to see how she went from zero to pitch in twenty-four hours and check out the fantastic pitch she came up with at the end of the process.

filmHow to Write a Killer Logline

by: Gabriela Pereira

In 2013 I attended critique session on loglines. These are a one-sentence nugget or pitch that encapsulates your book’s hook and story, and producers use loglines to sell book concepts to movie-makers. In this article, you will see a pitch go from average to awesome, and all the intervening steps that got it to the final result.

d1a0807b44bc78d4ccdd42f64adf794aThe DNA of Your Story

by: Kent Bridgeman

Columnist Kent Bridgeman describes about the pitch as being like the DNA of your story, a microcosmic sentence, “a solid 15 – 20 words that details the core drama of your story.” He also talks about how this pitch can not only benefit your writing process, but how you market and promote your book as well.

sky-flying-animals-birds-largePitching on Twitter: How to Circumvent the Slush

by: Robin Lovett

The fabulous S.A. Lovett shares the nuts-and-bolts details of how Twitter pitches actually work, and how to do it right. In this article, she gives tips on how to make your pitch awesome and unique so that it stands out from the crowd.

4 (1)Crafting the Perfect Twitter Pitch

by: Vicki Leigh

Just because your pitch is the size of a Tweet, doesn’t mean it can’t pack a punch. In this article, author Vicki Leigh shares insights on how her Twitter pitch helped her land an agent and a book deal. Read on to find out how to craft your own super-powered Twitter pitch.

This is it! Everything on DIY MFA on how to pitch your book. We’ve also had two #5onFri round-ups on this topic, in addition to this one. Check out 5 Awesome Things About Pitching Your Book from columnist Leanne Sowul, and this article from web editor Bess Cozby on the 5 Benefits of Pitch Sessions.

Want to try your hand at pitching?

Check out the DIY MFA online writing conference.
We still have a few spots left in the pitch/logline session
where you will get feedback on your pitch from agents!

Writer Igniter Con 2015
October 24-25

Use the coupon code wicon2015speaker to get $50 off the registration price!
Click the link to learn more or register.

Want more info? We’re doing another FREE Webinar and Open House next Monday, Oct. 19 at 8pm.

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