There are many ways to land an agent. One way is to submit a query letter. A query letter tells the agent about your book and yourself. Query letters should be one page in length. The other way is pitching. I recently won a pitching event at the Montclair Literary Festival. This pitching event, Pitchapalooza has helped many writers sign with agents and publishers, turning them from aspiring writers to published writers.
We were only given one minute for our pitch. The pitch introduces your story’s protagonist and what makes your book unique. I think it’s always a good idea to start with comparisons to allow agents and publishers the chance to “picture” your book.
For example the pitch for Hunger Games . YA Gladiator meets Running Man. Two children to each of Panem’s 12 districts are chosen to fight to the death in gladiator games. When Katniss’s younger sister is chosen she decides to take her place.
Pick a story or a book and bring them into your life. Perhaps you are reading The Hunger Games, then one day our country gets into a war and after the war, the country is divided into 13 areas with billionaires living the good easy life in The Capital while the rest of us struggle to survive?
Bring the story to life? Maybe that hot new guy is a vampire? Or we end up having factions after a war that destroys our country? There are so many great stories, select one and take us on your journey.
“It’s happening all over the world. First, we heard about it in New York, then LA reported it. I decided to go to the city with my friends. My parents didn’t want me to go but I was sick of them trying to tell me what to do. Now, I wish I was with them wherever they are.”
What’ happening? Is it an alien invasion or some kind of national disaster of military invasion. Who is your character with and what’s the plan?
Be creative and have some fun.
Write a story about an inventor who creates a magical phone app. What does this app do? Does it control anyone who opens the app? If it does what does it make them do? Who created this app?
I am currently reading The Library of Souls by Ransome Riggs. The novel is the third book in the Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children series. In the story, Emma and Jacob discover another hidden city within their world.
In Chronicles of Narnia, the story’s protagonist Lucky also discovers a “hidden world”. Write a story about a hidden world that your character “discovers”. What does this world look like? Who lives there? Tell me about its inhabitants.
Is difficult to ignore what is happening in this country. There is the problem with North Koren and the possible threat of missiles being sent to the United States. There are hate groups and the people fighting the hate groups. Natural disasters are plaguing us with hurricanes, fires, shootings, and terrorists.
Take one of these issues and write an essay about it. How do you feel about what’s going on? How do your friends feel? Here is your chance to get it all out.
In the book The Chronicles of Narnia, children found a hidden, magical kingdom while they were playing in a wardrobe.
It’s a hot summer day and there is an old abandoned house down the road. The paint was peeling and the shutters hung on their hinges. The grass was overgrown and weeds overtook the garden. We use to pick the cherries from the cherry trees and steal mangos that were as sweet as sugar. The weird thing about the house is that the pool in the backyard is pristine. It’s like
The weird thing about the house is that the pool in the backyard is pristine. It’s like was so inviting that hot summer day that instead of wetting our feet we jumped in…
Tell me about the place they discover while in that pool. Who lives there? What does it look like? Write about the journey to that magical place.
I was visiting grandma over the summer. Jimmy, he pet poodle got away. She went running down the street when I was walking her. I took off as fast as I could. Suddenly, I heard the sirens ring and everyone running outside their homes and heading to their shelters. I was too far to head home so I figured I would so that the barn for shelter.
I held Jimmy in my arms as the walls were being ripped off one by one…
What happens next? Create a magical place that she travels to with Jimmy. Don’t place the place like Oz. Make it something else. What can that place be? What does it look like? Be creative and have some fun!
Write a poem about each person in your family. I have an older sister, an older brother who I use to fight with all the time when we were kids, a twin sister who I had to share everything with, a younger sister, and of course my parents.
My parents knew each other when they were kids. And they still know their friends from childhood. It’s weird looking at old photos of them with their friends and seeing how everyone looks now.
My twin and I often blended into one person.
Although we were different people.
Shared birthday cakes, a shared tricycle, a shared car.
Shared space. Shared friends.
Two people blending into one.
Continue one by one writing short poems about each person. Be creative and have some fun!
Write a story about a character with a tattoo. What does the tattoo look like and why did your character decide to get a tattoo.
I remember when I first got it. I didn’t want to get the regular heart or flower. I remember how long I stood looking through the books. What do you choose when you know it’s going to last forever? I wanted to be strong. Stronger than I could ever be….
What tattoo does she select? What is this character dealing with? Be creative and have some fun!