Be Familiar but be YOU

Describing your story in the constrained arena of a one minute pitch
without comparing yourself with other writers can be difficult. It’s a
crutch that many of us use to create a sense of understanding but it
can also backfire. Here’s a tip on how to get your point across
without relying on others to define your piece:

“Be careful about putting yourself in the company of great and famous
authors. ‘Early Philip Roth with a dash of Jane Austen’ can’t stand
alone as a pitch. You’re sure to turn someone off if you compare
yourself to literary giants. Instead, construct a pitch that
specifically explains how your book will speak to the audience of
those uber-authors: ‘What happens when the repressed male sexuality of
Alexander Portnoy meets the strong-minded, spunky joie de vivre of
Elizabeth Bennett? Watch the sparks fly in The Shiksa of
Herefordshire, a new twist on the old battle of the sexes.’”

For more information turn to page 69 of your copy of “The Essential
Guide to Getting Your Book Published” by Arielle Eckstut and David
Henry Sterry. Don’t have a copy of your own? Pick up a copy right here or pick one up at your local
bookstore and get a FREE 20 minute consultation with The Book Doctors
(with proof of purchase).

Happy writing! See you at the bookstore.  The Book Doctors