So you’re ready to pitch your story idea. Great. What’s a pitch?

Like the picture above it’s a snippet of something larger. That’s part of the cover for my third novel, Martian Divides.

The first point is that you want to have enough in your pitch to engage your audience, publisher or buyer.  Describe who your character is, what he or she wants and why.

The second point is this: Make it short. In retail staff are often trained to greet you with a pitch about the current sale. If it takes too long you’re out of there.  Often these are called elevator pitches, partly because they should take no longer than a brief ride in an elevator; but also because you want to engage and increase someone’s interest.

The third point is to experiment with your pitch. Practice saying it out loud. Pitch to yourself in a mirror. Use it on your friends and family. Your first draft will have to be revised until it works for you, for the idea and for your intended audience.

Here’s an example: my novel Been Blued is about an advanced group of aliens who return to Earth because a space virus wiped out their women.  The identity of the protagonists–aliens–is there, along with hints that they’re originally from Earth and they’re technologically advanced. Their mission is clear–find women because they have no more of their own. This also points to a back story–whether or not the virus has been cured.

That’s a lot of information in one short sentence. Once it got to that point I discovered people had two responses. Those who weren’t interested told me I had quite the imagination. Readers who wanted the book continued to ask questions. If there’s a bonus point here it’s that a good pitch will save a lot of time as it separates buyers from non-buyers.

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About Scifialiens

Author of the Martian Symbiont series: three titles, so far; Been Blued, Martian Blues, Martian Divides. Currently writing screenplays. 'Mating With Humans' can be found on her account. Enjoyed writing from the start. Also a Star Trek and Doctor Who fan. Canadian so far. Paternal grandparents were American. Feels more at home in the States. Loves dogs and most other animals. Loves cats from afar--allergies. Plays flute and saxophone; 'messes with' keyboard and electric guitar. Single so far. Not really looking at the moment. Age: irrelevant. Not to be confused with the fictional comic book character, Phyllis Twombly, who lived for 600 years in the American Midwest.

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