You’re a writer. You’re badass. And you’ve finally finished your novel or nonfiction book proposal. (Yay you!) You’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into this baby–not to mention every spare moment you’ve had for the past year decade.
So now what? Are you going to throw together a quick letter, cold-query a few agents, collect form rejections with your name filled-in-the-blank and misspelled, weigh the cost of weekly therapy versus Peanut Buster Parfaits, opt for the Peanut Buster Parfaits, then slip your book into a closet to keep your other skeletons company?
That’s precisely what most writers do. (Yes, really.) But no. Not you. Not badass, rockin’-writer you.
Instead, you’re going to take Janna’s pitch class at Hugo House this fall. Why? Well, because you’re smart. And also because you want to be able to:
1) sell your book to an agent or editor at a writer’s conference, or
2) have a perfect paragraph to put in your well-targeted query letter, or at least
3) have an answer for well-meaning family and friends when they ask what your book is about.
Doesn’t that sound better than Peanut Buster Parfaits?
Class description:“So, what’s your book about?” It’s the simplest question, but so tough to answer, especially without feeling boring, cliché, or confusing. Pitching is the art of talking clearly and confidently about your book–whether it be fiction or nonfiction–so that you are better able to sell it. This hands-on workshop will cover the elevator pitch, the extended pitch, pitching etiquette, and useful tips specific to writers conferences. Attendees will write, deliver and get feedback on their pitches in class.
Janna Cawrse Esarey is a former English teacher and the author of the Indie-bestselling memoir, The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, & a Woman’s Search for the Meaning of Wife (Simon & Schuster). APublisher’s Weekly Summer Favorite and “Today Show” rec, it’s the humorous, true story of a woman who sails across the Pacific on her honeymoon, but struggles to keep her marriage afloat. A 2008 Jack Straw writer, Janna found her fabulous agent by pitching her pants off at writing conferences. Watch her book trailer at www.byjanna.com.