I loved the pitch contest that we did last month. It was a blast to see all the creativity, and a lot of people did a fabulous job of pitching their book in just 50 words.
I haven't received all of the submissions I asked for--besides the original 3 winners, I had asked for about 14 more--so please go back and see if you're one of them.
Here's what's interesting about the submissions I am seeing--sometimes, the experience of reading the book doesn't match the experience of reading the pitch!
I've got pitches that are hilariously funny and clever, but then the book itself is serious, straight contemporary romance. I've got pitches that are historical and the world-building is fascinating, and then the book is character-driven. Make sure your pitch matches your book! It's so much easier to rewrite the pitch to match the book, than to rewrite the book to match the pitch...
And, if I didn't choose you as a winner in the pitch contest, you can still, of course, submit to me, if you believe that your book fits our criteria, which are:
- c. 90,000 words
- single title romance in any subgenre
- a heroine the reader can relate to
- a hero she can fall in love with
- a world gets created
- I can sell it in 2-3 sentences!
Also, in the back of my mind, are Philip Larkin's criteria for the Booker prize--he was a poet laureate, and the Booker prize is one of the most prestigious in literature, so how can I go wrong? I'm paraphrasing here--
- can I read it?
- if I can read it, can I believe it?
- if I can believe it, do I care?
- if I care, what is the depth of that caring and how long will it last?
So those criteria speak to the quality of the writing, the plausibility of the world/characters, and the depth of the appeal of the story.
Thank you all, and I look forward to hearing from you!