Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Practically Painless Pitching

The very successful author, Christina Dodd once said, ‘Submitting your work is like getting on stage, pulling down your pants, and asking for comments.’ That is never truer than in face-to-face pitching. Let’s face it; the thought of it is enough to make the strongest shudder and run.

So why do it? Because you believe in what you’ve written, and want to give it the best chance to be sold, right? RIGHT.

First, who am I to teach this class? I have twelve books out now, as well as having won a RITA Award for Best First Book, but back when, I was struggling to sell, too. I had 417 rejections before I sold, and I pitched a bunch.

I realized that pitching can be learned systematically and professionally, just as querying or any other aspect of submitting. I have tools to help you do this with poise and confidence.

What you will learn:

  • How to create a logline that sizzles, and turn it into an elevator pitch
  • How to create a compelling ten minute pitch
  • How to practice effectively
  • Pitch tips for the day of
  • Etiquette
  • Follow up

Who should take this class?

Anyone who has a competed, polished manuscript ready to submit, and anticipates having an opportunity to pitch in person.

BONUS:

By the end of class, you’ll have the building blocks for your query. AND you’ll be able to talk about your book without rambling or sounding neurotic!

How the class will work:

There will be lessons and homework to create your pitch.

You will then practice, and submit a video for critiquing, by myself and the class. Lather, rinse, repeat, until you are a star! Don’t be nervous, everyone in class will be in the same boat, rowing to the same destination: SUCCESS!

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Laura Drake, 2014 RITA Winner for Best First Novel, doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. After a total of three novels, and 417 queries, in June of 2011, she scored an agent — Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill and Associates.

She now has twelve published novels. The first, The Sweet Spot, won the 2014 RWA RITA for Best First Book. When she isn’t writing, she speaks to writers groups and teaches online. She is a founder of Women’s Fiction Writers Association as well as the Award-Winning, Writers in the Storm Blog. Laura is a multi-Margie immersion grad. She credits Margie with taking her from ‘good’ to ‘sold’!

Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

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Reviews

Aha! Moment from the EDITS system

5.0 rating
October 9, 2020

The EDITS system is a little bit of magic. Wielding 5 brightly colored highlighters, I marked up my manuscript according to the system and--Voila!--why a scene works, or doesn't, is as plain as blue, green, yellow, pink, and orange. This was my third class with Suzanne and she never disappoints. I highly recommend this class. Expect incisive, kind feedback and quick responses to questions, along with Suzanne's good humor.

Denise

Empowered

5.0 rating
October 8, 2020

I just finished Margie's class, Empowering Characters Emotions taught by Suzanne Purvis and I feel empowered. The class is packed with brillant examples of writing. Suzanne's insight, experience and patience helped me see that my first draft can be transformed into powerful writing.
Thank you Margie and Suzanne!

Lisa Black

Take your prose from wow to POW!

5.0 rating
October 8, 2020

Loved, Loved, LOVED this class! Not only were the lectures all Margie and magnificent but Suzanne Purvis has way of amping up your prose to another level. I'd take it again, just to get Suzanne's feedback. Amazing!

Dee

Fantastic class, fantastic teacher

5.0 rating
October 7, 2020

I used to analyze great writers’ writing, to see how they did it. But with limited success, because I lacked tools. It was like trying to fix a car with a screwdriver, and spotty knowledge of auto mechanics. Then I took Margie Lawson’s Empowering Characters’ Emotions class, taught by Suzanne Purvis, which transformed my writing world. Margie Lawson’s lessons gave me advanced knowledge of the craft, along with a comprehensive tool kit, which helped me boost my writing to a much higher level. Suzanne’s guidance and feedback on my assignments gave me even further insight and helped make my writing even stronger. If you’re serious about your writing career, take this class!

Maggie FitzRoy

A Great intro to EDITs with an amazing teacher

5.0 rating
October 6, 2020

I loved this class with instructor, Suzanne Purvis. The step-by-step approach to the EDITs system, sprinkled with lots of great tips for writing authentic emotion made this one of the best classes yet.

Robin Wiesneth

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