To my complete surprise and delight, I have been named Editor of the Year and Sourcebooks has been named Publisher of the Year by the New York City chapter of RWA. Thank you so, so much for this recognition. I feel very honored.
Ok, that was 10 seconds of glory and celebration, now back to work!
Last month on this blog I took pitches and had a GREAT time, and I'm going to do it again today! HOWEVER, please read these directions carefully because this month's event is a PITCH CONTEST--you must follow the rules (unlike your heroine, ok?).
*I will choose ONE WINNER from the pitches sent to the blog by midnight tonight (Thursday 6/24/10).
*The winner will be announced by midnight tomorrow night (Friday 6/25/10).
*The PRIZE is--a critique from MOI!!!! The winner will be invited to send me their synopsis and three chapters for a critique and will get their critique within 4 weeks of me receiving their materials.
*IF YOU WANT YOUR PITCH CRITIQUED, you should send it to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as posting it on the blog. Pitch critiques will be done within 6-8 weeks.
*If you are too shy to post your pitch, send it to me directly at email@example.com and I will critique it. Please note that only pitches posted on the blog will be considered as entries in the contest.
Here's the gist of what I'm looking for in a pitch:
Please be sure to include:
*Your publishing/sales history (how many books and how many copies sold to readers). This is where, if you're a debut author, you say so. If you're introducing a new pen name, please share your publishing/sales history of your previous name(s).
*The category and subgenre of the book
*A hook!! (The hook is a 2-3 sentence selling tool that gets a buyer excited about stocking your book and a reader excited to buy and then read it. It positions your book as something unique and desirable.)
*A quick introduction to the main characters and the major conflicts
My criteria--what I'm looking for:
*single title romance in any subgenre, 90,000 words minimum generally
*a heroine the reader can relate to
*a hero she can fall in love with
*a world gets created
*a hook I can sell the book with in 2-3 sentences
*the author has a career arc--this book is the beginning of a series or of a set in the same subgenre with a theme I can use to build the author's readership