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- The deck of the Revenge was oddly deserted. Captain Hellion stood at the wheel, a bit bemused at the lack of crew to direct. A golden head rose from behind a crate, looking about furtively. One of the Sunday hotties, she observed, wondering why he was lurking about. He stood up, heading for the ratlines with sudden alacrity.
- Abruptly, Chance came dashing over from the bow. “Hey! Wait! Listen to this one, please! No, hey! Come back here!”
- The golden haired Adonis pled a need to work on the sails, even while climbing away from Chance, whose right hand held a pile of index cards. She wailed, “Nooooo!” Turning away from the escapee, she spied Sin, lurking near the bar.
- “Oh, good tactic.” Hel chuckled. “That’s the right bait!”
- Chance snatched the bottle from Sin. “Not until you listen to this one…”
- Sin groaned then reached for the ninja stars at her side, murder plain in her eye. Hel shouted out, “Won’t hurt you to listen, Sin!”
- “You ain’t been badgered by her for the last two weeks! You listen to her!” Sin dove over the side of the ship.
- Chance leaned over the railing. “How am I to figure out what to pitch if you won’t help, coward!” She ducked away from the splash. Terri ran out from the side and threw Sin a floatation device…
- Hellion sighed, it had been a rough few weeks. She’d be glad when Chance left for the conference and this nightmare was over. The crew was talking about trussing her up, throwing her on a cutter and letting her drift away…
Yes, I have a pitch coming up…with luck, several pitches. I like face-to-face pitches much more than sending off blind queries. Granted, I’ve only done one. But it went well, even if they didn’t take the requested book. Nevertheless, I am nervous about how to do this right. I’ll be attending the Romantic Times Booklovers Conference in Orlando next week and have appointments to pitch.
I’m prolific and have MS from several genres I hope to interest publishers/agents in. From my pirate book, to an urban fantasy featuring dark fairies; from a librarian on another planet to a man born of a fox. I even have an apocalyptic story of life struggling after most humans disappear. Yup, I run the gamut. And I’m confident about the pirate pitch, it’s my heart’s child and I can sell it through pure enthusiasm. But I’m nervous about the others. Not sure which to pitch to who, how to sum them up in that magical phrase that will make my prey smile and hand me a business card.
It’s a struggle. You write, you edit, you sweat bullets, cry, don’t sleep. And it all comes down to those pithy phrases, those few minutes. You dress nicely, you brush your teeth, you sit up straight.
But…does the pitch stick? Let’s have it! Clues, stories, ideas…how did you do it? How do you imagine doing it? What do you think will work? What is the secret? Is this another one from the secret code book? Help me and you help yourself. We’re all gonna be doin’ this eventually! Ya non-readers, hear any good stories a’ how it’s done right? Or wrong?