You’ve written a book or story you’re proud of. And your beta readers have nothing but good things to say about it. You can’t wait to find an agent and collect a hefty advance.
But unless you know how to write a pitch that will wow an agent, getting a deal with a big-name publisher isn’t happening.
Writing a pitch is every bit as important to the success of your book as writing the book itself. And learning how to craft a powerful pitch will help you sell more books whether you seek a publisher or go the indie publishing route.
Read on to learn how to pitch like a well-paid writer.
- How to Write a Pitch for a Novel or Nonfiction Book
- How to Write a Pitch for an Article
- Get to know your reader/market.
- Create a media list.
- Identify the best contact person for each magazine/journal.
- Identify the most powerful elements of your article.
- Prepare a script for your elevator pitch.
- Practice and refine your elevator pitch.
- Research each magazine on your list (read their content).
- Brainstorm article ideas for each magazine on your list.
- Put yourself in the editor’s shoes.
- Make yourself (and your work) accessible.
- Collect rejections like badges of honor.
- Pitching Article Ideas
- Create a pitch template.
- Choose your top three magazines.
- Research your top three magazines.
- Brainstorm a list of article ideas.
- Cut your list of titles down to three.
- Customize a pitch for each magazine/journal.
- Refine your pitch and send it.
- Keep the ideas flowing.
- Sample Pitch Email to a Magazine
- How to Write a Story Pitch