By: Jennie Nash
You may think that elevator
pitches only for high-tech startups, job hunters,
or Hollywood screenwriters, but being able to succinctly summarize your book in
a very short space is a skill that every writer must master. are
The elevator pitch is a powerful marketing tool that you can put to use when enticing readers, reaching out to potential marketing partners, and when you have a brief audience with an agent or editor. If you have written a strong elevator pitch, you will find that it’s much easier to answer when people ask, “So what’s your book about?”
Here are five simple steps to help you develop a killer pitch. Each includes three examples that build upon each step, so you can see how a pitch is crafted from beginning to end.
Step 1: What’s your book about?
Write down what your book is about in no more than 50 words. Don’t try to be clever or witty, just write down the facts or the bare bones.
- If it’s fiction or memoir, try to capture the plot, what happens, what the story is.
it’s nonfiction (business, self-help,
, how-to), try to capture what the reader will learn and what your main point is. inspiration
- Fiction: It’s a story about a woman who becomes part of the first father–daughter pair in the Senate, except she’s on one side and he’s on the other, and they don’t agree on anything.
- Memoir: It’s the story of how I spent four years searching for my mother’s murderer when law enforcement officials gave up.
: It’s a book about what to do when you have to let go of a dream that didn’t come true — like having a baby, closing a business, or walking away from a marriage. Self-Help
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