The past couple of days, I've been preparing my materials for my pitches at RT. I have two, both to editors. Since I've never been to a writer's conference, I've never given a formal pitch. This is all new territory for me, and I'll tell you right now, I'm nervous as heck. But there's nothing that eases a case of the jitters better than being prepared. That's what I'm determined to do--be so prepared there's no reason to be nervous.
My first step was to get online and google the editors' names. I want to learn as much as I can about the editors ahead of time. What books have they acquired? What genres do they work in? Any pet peeves? Do they absolutely hate Alpha males? Do they have a phobia of polar bears? (my story has a bear shapeshifter) I wasn't able to find anything as specific as those last couple of questions, but I was able to find some good information. There are so many sites, including RWA chapters, that host and publish interviews with editors and agents that it's not always difficult to find information on them.
Once I'd verified the editors would be interested in my genre, I focused on the next step--composing my pitch. This is the hard part and I'm not finished with it yet. I've found a few websites with suggestions on what to include, among them:Anna Genoese's blog
(Tor editor)This article by Sue Fagalde LickThis article--it has some handy advice and a fantastic example, but it is a lead-in to a sales pitch for services. Wanted to warn you.And Ready, Aim...Pitch by Julie Ortolon
More tomorrow. I'm trying to brainstorm something as brilliant as the scratch off lottery tickets today :)
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