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Post  Maggie on Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:54 am

(The title was just for you, Amanda and Renee)

QUESTION: If you bumped into an agent in an elevator, and they asked what your novel was about, what would you say? On the spot. GO!

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Re: QWMRTAO Monday February 13

Post  Rachel on Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:11 pm

EEK! Verbal pitches! (runs and hides)

"My latest WIP is about a girl with the ability to transform her own bioelectric field into a conscious connection with technology who travels to the capitol city to join the military, where her actions in a war against an artificial super-race of experimental human hybrids attract the attention of high-ranking transhumanist officials."

Obviously if I were to actually put myself in a situation where I'd actually find myself in an elevator with an agent, I would clean it up and, uh, change the whole thing (or at least put it into a more standard format). But you *did* say "on the spot", so...I plead the "newbie" card. Razz

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Re: QWMRTAO Monday February 13

Post  Taryn on Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:39 pm

I love pitching!!! I love so many things about querying. I'm gonna miss it Sad

I'm gonna answer this sorta differently, since I've been asked A LOT over the past couple days "so what's your book about" by non-writers when they learned I signed with Vickie.

"It's called Begging to Breathe, and it's about a girl whose archrival is drowned on the last day of nationals, and she must find the killer before she incriminates herself." Pretty simple. But I don't think I'd say that to an agent as a pitch . . . I haven't thought about a pitch for it, actually. Hmm. That's Vickie's job now =D
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Re: QWMRTAO Monday February 13

Post  Amanda on Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:06 pm

Heehee, ty. XD

And…ugh, I hate verbal anything, let alone pitches…let's see.

"My book, The Night, is an epic YA fantasy with series potential. The novel focuses on Aerael, a fifteen-year-old girl who discovers a power within herself that could overthrow the gods, or cement their rule forever. She must decide which path is the right one, sealing the fate of the world."

That's what I word-vomited up, lol, and it's probably a lot like something I would end up saying, besides, "Umm…", "Well…", and, "It's about stuff…and things." That last one is an actual quote—three years ago, I was asked by an acquaintance-friend what my book was about, when my (EX)best friend told him I had written a book. He was also someone I had a major crush on at the time. Evil or Very Mad Just kidding about the 'ex-best friend' thing, but I sent her many murderous glares and turned three million shades of red.
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Re: QWMRTAO Monday February 13

Post  Maggie on Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:58 pm

@Rachel LOL! I like how your pitch is all one sentence. XD And I HATE pitches, too. You did well!! Very Happy

@Taryn *HUGS* I don't think I've ever heard someone say they'd miss querying before. XD Lovely pitch, as usual. You're the queen of pitches!

@Amanda I'm so intrigued! That wasn't bad, considering it was on the post. But something tells me you've thought about it at length. Razz

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Re: QWMRTAO Monday February 13

Post  Rachel on Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:04 pm

@Maggie -- I was going for the "craptheagent'sgettingoffonthenextfloor" angle. Wink If I rewrote it in, uh, not one sentence, I suspect it would be a lot...nicer. Razz

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