Forum: The Hook and Pitch

You’ve got a good story. No, a great story. You’ve polished it until it gleams and all your readers have patted you on the back for a job well done. If only it were that easy.

Now comes the shift from creative process to business process. Submissions, synopses, queries, platforms, social media. It can be overwhelming. Our heroine is approaching it inch by inch, trying to make it easier to swallow as a necessity, dear Reader.

Today we’re looking at the combination of hook and pitch, inextricably entwined. Can you boil your story down far enough to pitch it to an agent without losing its voice and individual flavor? Sure you can. It may just take some advice and a lot of practice. Here’s some advice:

Joseph Finder shares his initial experiences with pitching in his newsletter article What’s a Hook? The Art of the Pitch. Informative and engaging, Joe explains why being able to pitch is important for writers. What’s your story about? Your answer shouldn’t be “Um, er, well…”

I like this little article in Fiction City, Lisa Katzenberger‘s blog. The Pitch is about what she’s facing as she prepares for a writing conference. She gives some good advice and some good links as well. Take a look at both.

Gary Smailes of BubbleCow has an article titled How to Pitch Your Book with a Single Email. His style is direct and easy to follow. What’s his secret for a new writer? “Fight dirty.” He shows some ways to do that.

Always a great resource, The Book Deal‘s Alan Rinzler wrote Insider Tips for Preparing and Delivering a Winning Pitch. Absolutely terrific information and advice here. Read this one, bookmark it and use it.

There’s some remarkable advice on the net from people who are on either side of the pitching every day. The trick is in taking it, applying it and believing in both yourself and your book. You can do this. We both can.


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3 thoughts on “Forum: The Hook and Pitch

  1. neiljohnbuchanan April 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm Reply

    Really informative. Thanks.


    • Jessica Rosen April 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm Reply

      I’m glad it was useful. Thanks for letting me know.

      Take care,


  2. Gary Smailes April 14, 2010 at 1:46 am Reply

    Thanks for the pointer to our blog.
    Keep fighting dirty!


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