I’ve been working on pitches this week, trying to get a handle on how we’ll be pitching the #PitchWars books we’ve been working on.
Pitches aren’t easy and I tend to make mine WAY too long that they’re basically summaries instead of pitches.
What I’ve boiled it down to is a pitch needs to do the following:
- Name the main character
- Set the setting
- Give the stakes
- Give some comps
But then when I started researching pitches, I found that not all successful pitches had all 4 of the above components. Some just listed comps. Some didn’t include the setting. Some didn’t include the stakes. It was all about how it was crafted.
So is there a right way to write a pitch? YES, absolutely. And guess who can tell you about it way better than I can? Traci Chee, author of the incredible book, THE READER which came out last month.