More Pitching Prospects

Some of you regulars know that I (erica) am baseball fan. I'm not sure if it's the preseason games I've watched, the scouting reports I've read, the injury reports I've shed tears over, or the upcoming opening-day hoopla, but I CAN'T STOP THINKING/TALKING ABOUT PITCHING!!!

Oh, wait, that's not what christy told me to blog about today. AHEM.

Pitching. The art of condensing your novel into a sentence, two sentences, a paragraph, or, at the most, one page. Yeah, we're still working on it...

BUT if you have a completed MG or YA novel and you're still seeking representation and you're ready to pitch it to an agent WE'VE GOT THE LINK FOR YOU RIGHT HERE!!! 

We both posted our two-sentence pitches yesterday along with the title, genre, and first line - a requirement of the contest is that you're a follower of YATopia, provide a link in a blog post, and provide requested information in the comments. Done, done, and done. (if anyone from there is checking up on us - yes, we're two different people! :)

ONE more contest - looking for a full edit of your ms? Win one from Cassandra Marshall.

Also, last week we talked about pitching loglines and how we're going to be pitching live to agents in a couple of weeks at a conference. Read that post here. And now, we present to you: Day two of our conference.

Saturday, April 9th:

8:00 - 9:00 registration/breakfast - yay! we'll be together for this and won't have to search for someone to sit by!

8:30 - 9:30 Story Box as a Tool for Writers with Doug Stevenson (let's listen to the beginning and then maybe skip out for a quick walk if it's nice out) (sorry, Doug Stevenson, I'm sure you're lovely, but this will be a long weekend!)

9:30 - 10:45 - we should break up here. One to: Books That Help Kids—Really with Eric Braun and one to: The Plot Thickens! With Josie Brown (Advanced) (and share notes later)

10:45-11:00 break

11:00 - 12:30 - Revision Workshop: Ten Things Every Novel Needs to be Complete, and Six Tips for Getting There with Christopher Mohar (we both need this!!)

12:30 - 1:30 - either have lunch or take a walk or both

1:30 - 3:00 - I'm torn on this. There's a non-fiction workshop. Or another one with Josie, but it seems like we might see a lot of her and can decide if we want to continue. Which leaves us with Poetry: How Imagery and Metaphor Add Flavor to Any Text with Christopher Mohar. (Heck, this cost us $$, we want to get as much out of it as possible!!)

3:00-3:15 - break (think there's a bar? hehe, okay, maybe not...I still have a pitch coming up)

3:15 - 4:45 Book Proposal Bootcamp with Ted Weinstein

4:20 - Erica leaves for her 2:29 pitch, which she'll rock. Christy listens to the rest of the talk.

4:45 - either break or done (see below)

5:30-6:30 optional "speed pitching" practice or the Artistic Jam Session, which is basically networking and they divide the people there into 2 panels, from what I can see (this is the same as yesterday, maybe decide then if we want to skip it.) I would imagine by now, we've met some people to network and bounce ideas off and we can't wait to get to our wine glasses naps swimming pool laptops!

Have a great weekend everyone!!


  1. Thank you for the fantastic links! Your day at the conference sounds like a fun whirlwind!

  2. Thanks for the links....

    Sorry I'm missing the conference.


  3. Awesome links! So jealous - I totally want to be at a conference:(

  4. The conference sounds fabulous!

  5. Sounds awesome! You guys will do great!

    I survived my weekend. The pitch went well (no throwing up, forgetting lines or tripping over my words too much). And I learned tons of stuff in all the workshops which I'm posting over the next couple weeks!


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