Writing the Dreaded Pitch

With Pitcharama just around the corner, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about the dreaded pitch. I’m probably not the best person to be doing this, because I don’t have an agent or a publisher, but I still have some idea about what might work, and what probably won’t.

So, here’s my list:

  1. Do your homework, and know who you are pitching to.
  2. Hook people from the start, and make them want to read more. Remember, it’s not a synopsis. It’s a pitch to get people interested in your story.
  3. Don’t include every minor detail; just the main characters, their motivation, and conflict.
  4. Keep it short, to the point, but interesting—I know, not the easiest thing to do, that’s why we hate writing pitches 😉
  5. Identify your target market and word count. Agents and Editors like to know at a glance what they’re working with.
  6. Write several versions of your pitch. Re-write, refine, polish, then rinse and repeat—several more times.
  7. Take a couple of your favourite books and read the back covers for inspiration. See how those authors have hooked you with their pitch.
  8. Cross your fingers and hope for the best.
  9. Take any feedback on board and repeat number 6.

To everyone who is planning on entering Pitcharama this year, good luck!


K. A. Last is looking forward to all the amazing pitches for Pitcharama this year. She is also a YA author of Fall For Me, Sacrifice and Immagica. She drinks lots of tea, is obsessed with Buffy, and loves all things pink. K. A. Last hangs out on Facebook or you can find her on twitter and Goodreads. She’s also been known to blog once in a while. And yes, she has cut all her hair off!



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