Instructor: Laura Drake
April 1 – 30, Fee: $150
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.
why do it? Because you believe in what you’ve written, and want to
give it the best chance to be sold, right? RIGHT.
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.
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.
you will learn:
to create a logline that sizzles, and turn it into an elevator pitch
to create a compelling ten minute pitch
to practice effectively
tips for the day of
should take this class?
who has a competed, polished manuscript ready to submit, and
anticipates having an opportunity to pitch in person.
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
the class will work:
will be lessons and homework to create your pitch.
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!