Monday, August 25, 2008

My pitch

I've debated whether or not to post this. I can't post my whole pitch for obvious reasons. Not great to have my whole book, hooks and ending and all, sitting out there on the Internet when I'm trying to sell it!

I am insanely nervous about doing my pitch. For some reason I just can't get it down as to what you are supposed to say when you walk in there.

So I opted for humor. I wrote a whole role play (an idea I got from Randy I's blog the other day, his is much better!). Don't worry. I don't actually plan on saying all of this of course. I just did it for fun to get the silliness out of my system. Now I can make myself write my REAL pitch.

Housekeeping notes: the ...'s are where I deleted parts of my role play as to not give away key parts of the book. The rest you would know by reading my onesheet or back cover copy.

*ahem*

Krista walks into the room.

Agent: Krista, is it?

Krista: Hi! It’s nice to meet you, Mr. Handsome Agent Dude! (this whole scenerio assumes Agent/Editor is male... )

Agent: Nice to meet you too. Are you enjoying the conference so far?

Krista: Absolutely! It pretty much rocks!

Agent: So, do you have a pitch for me?

Krista: Actually, I do! It’s a romantic comedy about two complete opposites who meet in an Internet chatroom.

Agent: Wow. In a chatroom? Isn’t that dangerous?

Krista: Well, that’s where my husband and I met, and we’ve been married for 9 years and have three beautiful daughters, so I would say it worked out for us just fine.

Agent: Great! So, tell me more.

Krista: My book focuses on a ‘by chance’ meeting. Neither were looking for love. Jack and Jenny meet on a Saturday morning and hit it off right away. Jenny is a very non-adventurous girl who has a fetish for Garage Sales, and Jack is a tough guy who loves the outdoors.

Agent: Whoa, hold on. If Jack is a tough guy who likes being outside, what is he doing spending a Saturday in a chatroom?

Krista: Ohh, but I’m glad you asked Mr. Handsome Agent Dude!! You see, 3 years ago Jack’s brother and sister-in-law were killed in a car accident. Kat, his niece, is now his responsibility. His parents are missionaries so he’s pretty much raising her by himself. It has severely limited his normal ‘bachelor’ activities.

Agent: Ahh, makes a little more sense.

Krista: And I haven’t even gotten to the good part.

Agent: What? You mean there’s more to this wonderful awesome pitch?

Krista: There sure is! You see, Jenny struggles herself with the whole fear of the Internet thing. I mean, really, what if he’s this idiot like the guy on the “so much cooler online” country song?

Agent: Yeah, that’s what I’m saying.

Krista: Well, he’s not. He sends her his picture. They talk on the phone. They fall in love virtually. But then, Jenny notices something.

Agent: Ooooo, what does she notice??

Krista: (dramatic spooky voice) A car. Following her. She is convinced that Jack is really a perverted stalker who is out to get her.

Agent: WOW. Ok, is he?

Krista: *grin* Maybe. Anyway, Jenny’s best-friend, Paige, convinces them to go on a roadtrip to Nashville, where Jack lives, to find out who the REAL Jack is.

..... (you have to read the book to find out what happens... we'll skip ahead to what you KNOW will happen... it is a romance after all!)

Krista: Jack and Jenny get to meet finally, in person, and of course share their first date and first kiss, and all that mushy stuff (within good Christian romance guidelines of course).

Agent: So they don’t have sex?

Krista: (face turns red) NO! They don’t! Okay Mr Mind in the gutter Agent!

Agent: Just making sure. (Agent looks a little too proud of his question, typical male)

Krista: (rolls eyes) Anyway,

.... (this is where she tells the final ending.)

Agent: Oh, crud, our fifteen minutes is almost up!

Krista: Well, that's ok. I have this rediculously awesome onesheet here for you to look at if you’d like, as well as my business card!

Agent: Great! I’ll take a look at it. Here’s my card as well. I’m definitely interested! If you can write as well as you can spin a story, I’m hooked!

Krista: Wonderful!

Krista walks away skipping and singing the Hallelujah Chorus. God is good!

Alternate ending:

Agent: Well, that sounds like a great story, Krista. I’m not sure it’s the kind of book I’m looking for at the moment. But good luck!

Krista: That’s ok. It was great meeting you and getting a chance to chat! C-ya around!

They shake hands and the meeting is over. Krista walks away, calmly, probably trying not to cry, but telling herself that it’s ok. Just means that wasn’t the write agent/editor for her! God knows!

2 comments:

Sheri Boeyink said...

WOW. This is soooo great. I know there is some humor in it, but I tell ya, this is the first glance I've had into what a pitch session is really like. I can't go to ACFW conference, but there is a local one in my area that I'm attending and pitching to two editors.

I'm totally nervous but I'l happy to have seen your post today. THANKS! I'll pray for the FIRST ending (Mr. Handsome Agent wants to talk to you again.)

God Bless!

Krista Phillips said...

Glad you enjoyed Sheri!

I should mention though, that I've never done a pitch before. This was an attempt to recreate what I THINK it will be like, of course with me being bold crazy Krista, which I probably won't accomplish in the actual interview! I must say, it did help me when I wrote my REAL pitch. It got the funny part out of the way and put me in the frame of mind anyway.

Thanks for the prayers! I really appreciate them!!! I am totally nervous too, so we are all in good company I think:-) I'll be praying for you as well as you attend your local conference.

Oh, and I highly suggest hoping over to Randy's blog (I liked it on my post just now) and read his! He did a great role play with REAL agent Chip McGregor which really helped me as well.