How to Pitch a Book to a PublisherProviding a book to a publisher
Forwarding your book to a publisher
One big pitch can get you a novel. It' lets your letter out before the publisher has finished reading the first few words and gets them upset about your novel. If novelists are talking about pitching, it usually means an oral conversation with a publisher or agents, where your novel can be ordered, reviewed and taken into consideration for publishe.
They are often part of a conference or festival, such as the Adelaide Pitch Conference of the SA Writers Centre or the Salisbury Writers Festival. The benefits of pitchen are many. If you want to publish your novel, you can send it directly to a publisher or agents who will recall your face if they get this (usually) e-mail afterwards.
They know who reads your novel and that it is going to be reread instead of being on the floor of a mud-deck. Or you can have a debate about your novel in which the publisher will extract the information that interests him most. The majority of pitch meetings last about five mins. The president of the New Yorkriters Workshop, Tim Tomlinson, who organizes several pitch meetings every year, recommends that the authors schedule a pitch of 90 seconds to two full mins. They either remember it or take the pitch to review it during their meeting and leave themselves enough at the end for Q&A.
In addition, this footage forms your covering letters to publishing houses or agencies. So, what should your pitch be? The publisher is told by a pitch why he should be reading the book, while a summary is given to answer the question: "What is the book? These are some things to think about before you start writing your pitch:
Who' s the publisher/agent you want to contact? Did you see it? What makes you think it's a good match for this publisher/agent? What is so special about your book? What can you do to help sell the book? You have been released before or have you won a write prize? But why should they see it?
If you told 25 million viewers your pitch, how would that make a difference? As soon as you have replied to these for yourself, it's the right moment to post your pitch. While not all of this information will make it into your definitive design, if you are aware of these things, you can make a better pitch.
Perhaps you will also be asked some of these issues on your playing field. Hints for typing your playing field: Just enough to be able to sell your book, and then stop before you give the publisher a good reasons not to buy it. You can combine it with the sound of the book, but do not use the book type for your pitch.
State your authority: What qualifications do you have to compose this book? It may not be possible to view the editor/agent in a pitch meeting, or you may get immediate comment. Imagine your pitch like an interview. It' also your opportunity to ask a question if you have any. In any case, if you have the opportunity, you should decide to submit your work.
The Adelaide Pitch of the SA Writers Centre attracted 62% of enquiries. If you are not succeeding, you have the expertise, you have a publisher or a salesman, and you have been spending your free minutes sharpening a pitch that you can then use with other people. Sarah Gates threw at the Adelaide Pitch 2015 and Romance Writers of AustraliaConferences.
All seven publishing houses asked for their novel of love: Hachette, Harlequin, Pan Macmillan, Penguin, Random Romance, Simon & Schuster and Tule Publishing. Note: SA Writers Centre will hold another pitch meeting at the end of 2016.