I was browsing agents to submit to tonight, and one of the agents including a request for a one-paragraph pitch. This was in addition to the query (it was a submission through a form, so they were two separate, required sections). What exactly are they looking for in a pitch, and how is it different from the query? Is it kind of like an extended version of a log line? Any clarity would appreciated, so that I can actually submit eventually to this agent. Thanks.
Query vs Pitch?
Posted 08 May 2018 - 03:10 PM
My guess would be this is the same as a Twitter pitch.
Having talked to several agents, this looks to be a check on your ability to sell your own book. Can you, in a few sentences, make people want to buy your book? That's important in your partnership with an agent and a publisher.
"WOW. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think about how I felt reading this book - WOW. I was so pleasantly surprised - oh, let's be honest, it was more like blown away!" -- Holy B. In NC, Amazon Review.
Posted 08 May 2018 - 05:21 PM
Thanks. Of course, this leads me to the question, non-tweeter that I am, of what exactly is expected in a twitter pitch? You say it's about showing you can sell your own book, but isn't that kind of what the query is doing? I'm just trying to figure out the formatting here. Thanks again for any more clarity.
Posted 09 May 2018 - 10:13 AM
One difference is the audience. The paragraph is kinda like what's known as an elevator pitch, but I'd imagine this would be for your potential reader as opposed to an agent or editor. Distill the book's story into just a few sentences. "It's a coming of age tale in which CHARACTER discovers SOMETHING UNEXPECTED...." Broad strokes that divulge genre, tension, and maybe even a hint of the resolution.
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