Writing For The Soul Conference
February 16-19, 2012
Pitching has become like taking a test you’ve studied for, but when test time arrives you fall flat on your face. This strong, intelligent woman becomes a babbling schoolgirl high on too many Machiattos.
By the second appointment on the third day, I had calmed, but lacked the power of a perfectly delivered pitch that effectively told the heart of my novel.
If I memorize, I fail.
If I tell a story, people listen.
But what does a person do who draws a blank when the person sitting in front of you has the power to give your dream life or suck it right out? C.S. Lakin told me she simply gave up and pitched as if she wasn’t going to get it anyway.
And look where she’s at now? Her books: Someone to Blame (Zondervan winner), Wolf of Tebron, and Map Across Time are good reads.
Bottom line: I’m in this for the long haul and on God’s timing. So I will continue learning and growing my craft no matter the outcome. Each step is one more step into my future, and because of my courage, good results came from Friday’s risk taking endeavor.
I was also grateful for the nuggets I gleaned from Jeff Gerke on my third appointment on Saturday. What he taught me was only compounded by what I learned at a workshop with ACFW a week later as C.S. Lakin taught how to write picturing a movie camera.
Tell me your pitch stories. Did you succeed? How did you improve?
Special thanks to McNare Wilson for his attempt to help me with my pitch, but I think I needed a learning disability class, or a councilor.