Friday, November 4, 2011

What Do Writers Need to Know When Pitching to an Agent?

Have you heard of the elevator pitch? You’re only given thirty seconds to pitch your novel to an agent and you can either make it or break it. If you can’t describe what your book is about in one sentence, then how will you present the book? Try reading the back jacket of your favorite authors to get ideas on how to pitch your novel. Three key things to remember are hook, goal and theme.

Here's a sample of my elevator pitch for my novel, Chocolicious:

A week after Blair Nightingale's husband, Larry, dies, she learns she's about to lose everything she owns due to a foolish mistake Larry made. In an instant, Blair's life is transformed from rich, Silicon Valley trophy wife to poor, widowed single mom. Her only goal now is to provide for her daughter. As Blair begins to pick up the pieces, George--Larry's best friend and the man she truly resents--seems to always be around. When Blair is overwhelmed by all the challenges she faces, she seeks comfort in baking rich, filled, three-layered chocolate cupcakes that her grandmother once taught her, and soon Blair's life is changed forever.


  1. These pitches are the most challenging little items in a writer's arsenal.

    A great example and wish I could do it as well.

  2. @Shirley,they surely are challenging and nerve-wrecking. Glad you found my pitch helpful.

  3. Why are writer's still pitching to agents is a better question....

  4. @Tonya, I wonder what's going to happen to agents once the Indie movement takes complete control of the publishing industry.