Share Your Elevator Pitch!

So this week is the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference in Dallas Texas. 
It's at the top of my bucket list to save up enough and make it there someday. And I have been loving hearing about how so many of my favorite authors and bloggers are getting ready to go and have a time of refreshment, rejuvenation and fun with fellow writers.
One of the advantages to going to this conference is being able to make an appointment with agents or editors to pitch them your story. In person. With a paper proposal. I know, right?! 
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So I'm basically Monica from Friends; just ask my family how often I loudly use this catchphrase.

These appointments only last a certain amount of time so I've heard, so in this case, brevity would be your best friend. Now those who know me or even ya'll who read me here know I'm not exactly gifted with this writerly virtue.  
I'm a work in progress.
I often chafe at the thought of having to either verbally or with words, sum up my novel into a short back-cover blurb. I also chafe at the whole show-don't-tell writing principle which is valuable but still such a mystery I'm trying to learn.

What helped me though recently was an exercise The Writer's Alley posted the other day. They challenged readers to pitch them their stories with a simple elevator pitch. Here's mine I shared there (I'm sure it's not a good example but it's all I could come up with)

The War Between the States will turn three lives upside down; from privileged Margaret Bryant to humble farmer's son Adam Doyle to his rash older brother Connor. Despite the difference in station, Adam dares to hope for a future with Margaret, a childhood friend, and writes to her from the front. As the war drags on and tragedy strikes at home in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her heart broken open to a seeking a future with Adam.
The three bloodiest days of America's history, Gettysburg, tragedy's cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart--and bring two unlikely allies together. 
--Amongst the Roses


The definition of an elevator pitch:
a succinct and persuasive sales pitch

Not so much why someone should want to represent you and your novel, but a short description told in such a way with such a hook that leaves the listener intrigued. So in the spirit of locking arms in solidarity as works-in-progress authors...

Share an elevator pitch for your current WIP (whether completed or unfinished) in the comments!

Meghan Gorecki
Meghan Gorecki

Words, history, and grace color my days here in The Burgh where I seek out the perfect coffee and red lipstick.

2 comments:

  1. Ooh fun! Love your pitch. The end line really gets me. <3 <3

    Okay, I don't want to slip out without playing and don't have an elevator pitch for this one but I have a blurb. Let's pretend like it's a really long elevator ride. ;) This is for the second book in my YA series (which I haven't shared anywhere yet!)

    With his black and white landscapes celebrated beside those of the famous Ansel Adams, twenty-one-year-old Ramsey Moss has more professional drive than most of his college classmates. Faring better behind the lens than in relationships, the west coaster believes it’s easier to capture the still earth than living things. But when a New York editor wants to contract him for a book of Southwest images—including the elusive wild mustang—Ramsey signs on the dotted line.

    Having only spring break to complete the project, Ramsey is in over his head. Enter Sienna Walsh. The teen conservationist who skips prom to write articles on wildlife. With stage one Cerebral Palsy, exploring the California desert with the adventurer places Sienna face to face with her greatest limits. Yet it’s the very place she finds strength…and through that strength, Ramsey will discover a horizon he would have otherwise missed.

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  2. I'm going to make it there one day, too! Your pitch is amazing!

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