What would it be like to look at your own book pitch with the eyes of a professional in the field—an agent, editor or publicist?
By reviewing the pitches—and our expert comments—from the “Pitch Your Book to Life” contest, you can:
1. Learn to write a compelling book pitch.
2. Get a sense of what might be missing from your book pitch
3. Receive the stimulation to come up with new ideas for your book.
On April 5th through April 19th (2012), we hosted the “Pitch Your Book Life” contest. Participants had the chance to submit a 3-5 sentence “elevator pitch” about their book concept to be reviewed by Literary Agent Michael Larsen, Book Publicity Expert Rusty Shelton, and myself.
Experts’ Feedback on Book Pitches
Read my feedback on all contest entries for tips that might help you take your book concept to pitch to the next level, or–if you haven’t written a pitch—to write a compelling one:
Read the top 10 finalists entries.
The first blog entry of the contest explains how the contest worked. Congratulations to the winner, Kate Forest, and runner up, Nora Hall! Read more information about the judges’ decision.
A BIG, BIG thank you to Jamie Levitt, who created the contest and was the genius and hard work behind it, to Rachel Horwitz for the initial idea, to Geri Lafferty for her support and to our judges Michael Larsen and Rusty Shelton. And, of course, a big thank you to all our wonderful contestants. Good luck with your books.
Several contestants mentioned that the contest helped them “declare” their book and move forward. Many revised their pitches or fine tuned their book ideas. Congratulations for taking the step and making the most of this opportunity
We have never run a contest like this before and would love to get your feedback. You can send us feedback by commenting below or here.
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