Pitching your novel can be a biotch as Michael at In Time stated in his post yesterday. A few of us in Blogland recently pitched (or might/will pitch in the near future ...) our sparkling manuscripts to the judges for ABNA. What joyous fun!?!
I (christy) sent out a few emails asking, What in the H, exactly, is a pitch? One sentence? (nope. That's a logline.) ABNA allows 300 words for us to pitch our glowing novels with. Okay...what do I need to write with those 300 (or fewer) words?
What, exactly should your pitch include? It's a lot like a query. Minus a few details. Mostly you need these elements: MC, setting, hook, major plot points, complication, and high stakes. Right?
Sooo....um, High Stakes? Basically: If_______________, then ______________________.
This is where I struggle in my query/pitch. I'm always a bit too vague. I'll show you some lousy examples. Lousy, but still in tact in my pitch.
If Dawn gets caught, the fiery figure will sever the cord between their dimensions, and both worlds will be altered beyond repair.
(okay, so that was an If...and....sentence)
If Dawn can somehow clear her name and share what she learns about the past of the dimensions, she just might save the worlds.
(okay, so that was an If...(comma)...sentence)
reglardless of my own poor examples that don't even follow the "rules" i shared, TODAY WE WANT YOU TO SHARE YOUR HIGH STAKES WITH US IN ONE IF...THEN...SENTENCE! comments, please!!!!!!
why... you ask? we can help! we can lather with praise! we won't award prizes for your high stakes though. we're saving those for our blogfest (TOMORROW!) and our 150 followers contest (ends 2/6/11)!!! are YOU in?!????