Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Pitching in Seattle
I'm pretty sure today's my day to blog since Piper just posted on Monday, but if it's not I apologize for stepping on someone's toes!
I'm so excited about the conference I'll be attending in Seattle tomorrow. After all the hoopla about RWA Nationals, this is anti-climactic for most romance writers, but the PNWA Conference will be my first time there and I get butterflies just thinking about it. I'm not new to writers conferences after attending every single Colorado Gold for the past 14 years, but this one is new and different for me so I kind of feel like a conference virgin. I remember how it had felt at my first CG, and I'm hoping to recapture that jittery sense of awe and anticipation.
I'm treating myself to this pricey excursion because it's my birthday present to me, and on my special day, July 28, I have an agent appointment with Rachel Vater. It's been a long, long while since I've explored the agent search, so this is extremely gratifying that I get to pitch to my first-choice agent with my nearly completed Urban Fantasy novel. I also have a group appointment with Tor editor Paul Stevens right after that. So I'm primed for having a super good time.
Okay, now comes the all-important pitch that I'm still working on. Maybe you can help me, and at the same time, give me an example of your own one-sentence pitch of your novel. The object is to get it down to as few words as possible and still get the story's main conflict in there. This is tough. How do you boil down a 100,000 word book into one sentence?
Here's my attempt: A thief becomes a hero, risking death for freedom from the greedy group of modern-day sorcerers who forced her to steal.
I know I'll have the chance to say more than that during my appointment – I have a whole ten minutes -- but this is the hook, the main stakes of the story and the character's motivation to achieve her goal. So now that I've shown you mine, will you show me yours? 8^)