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Time Again

Time again for the Author’s Help Line. Yes, this Saturday at 11 o’clock a.m. Central Time, rain or shine, we are holding again the Author’s Help Line. It is a free conference call for any level of author to call in and pick our brains. (What little is left of them!) Any question big or small. Or if you are trying to get published and would like to pitch to us, come join us. We are always on the look out for new authors. If this is your first time pitching or even talking to us, don’t worry, we don’t bite. Besides it’s a phone call and we can’t reach you.

So join us. Here are the numbers to reach the conference call:
409-7seven7-nine thousand or if that won’t let you in, call
916-2 zero 9-4534
The access pin # is 2184987

Come join us for an hour of questions and answers. No questions is stupid, just unanswered.

Angela Abderhalden
Acquiring Editor, Seventh Wave Books, LLC
Author, Mel Addison Mystery Series
http://www.seventhwavebooks.com
seventhwavebooks@gmail.com

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Pitching (and I’m not talking a ball)

In my last blog I mentioned pitching to an editor/publisher. I also mentioned it during the Author’s Help Line. So here is a short take on pitching. I say short because there are books and whole conference sessions devoted to this. But this should at least wet your whistle on the topic.

Pitching is when you meet up with an editor/publisher and ‘pitch’ your book to them. In other words, you are telling them about your book. Here’s what a pitch is not… It is not giving them detailed, chapter by chapter action and twists. It is not detailing what lead you to write the manuscript. It is not rambling on about a minor or even major plot arc or character.

Your pitch should be short. Think of riding in an elevator and you find out that the person riding with you is an editor/publisher. He/she asks you what you book is about. You have just enough time for say two floors worth of summary. That is a pitch. For instance, here is the pitch for my next book coming out.

General fiction. It is a coming of age story set in WWII. When a German soldier finds his American cousin on the battlefield, what will happen?

What’s the old saying… leave them wanting more? I included the category since I wasn’t sure if we (the fictional editor/agent and I) had discussed genre. Does more happen in the story? Absolutely! But you have to boil the story down to one or two things. Some times it’s also called a tag line. Tag line? Think a movie poster. The most famous that I can think of is the movie Jaws. The original Jaws movie tag line was “Don’t go in the water”.

Now of course you want a range of pitches. If you can get our manuscript down to a one line, less than 25 words, a tag line… excellent. But getting it down to one or two sentences is usually short enough. Now you also need a longer pitch maybe a short, emphasis on short, paragraph. Then you want to develop a slightly longer pitch of maybe a couple of paragraphs.

And practice, practice, practice! You want this to be so second nature that you could do it in your sleep. Because when that time comes, it may be at the most unexpected time. Be a boy scout. Always be prepared. And if you are going to a writing conference where you know there will be editors/agents/publishers, you need to be gold on your pitch.

Now when you get into that situation when you gave your one/two line pitch and the editor/agent is intrigued and asks for more… Jackpot! Congratulations you are more than half way there!

Now is the time to give more details… but do not bore them with too many. If you see their eyes glaze over, you’ve lost them. Don’t get caught up in the minutia. Keep the story to the main character and main plot… oh and yes, you must tell them the ending.

Lastly, let your enthusiasm for your story show through when you pitch. Remember the editor/agent/publisher is not just publishing your manuscript, they are entering into a business deal with you! They have to see that you are excited by your own book and love your own book. Make them catch onto your excitement.

If you’re at this stage and want to learn more about pitching… go to your local library or visit your local bookstore and pick up one of the many books on the topic. They will go into so must more detail than I have space for here.

Stay tuned.

Angela Abderhalden
Acquiring Editor, Seventh Wave Books, LLC
Author of the Mel Addison Mystery Series
http://www.seventhwavebooks.com
seventhwavebooks@gmail.com

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Question?

Do you have a burning question about writing but were afraid to ask or didn’t know anyone to ask? This Saturday, the fourth Saturday of every month, Seventh Wave Books sponsors the Author Help Line for this very reason. We are there to answer any of your questions about writing , publishing, and the answer to life itself. Yeah, the last one we’re a little shaky on.

Free. All you need to do is to email me at seventhwavebooks@gmail.com and I’ll send you the phone number to the conference call and the access pin to get join us. Again it’s free. How many truly free things are there left in the world?

Ask any question. There are no dumb questions. Seriously. And if you are looking for a publisher, join us and pitch to us over the phone. You never know what will happen. We are needing new authors and love working with first time ones. Ask Guy Gertsch and soon to be published Alicia Sheehy, both first time authors. We love first time authors.

And just to round out this blog… From the Business Insider via Publisher’s Weekly… Some interesting facts about Amazon.com you might not know….
1. Amazon.com was almost called Cadabra as in Abracadabra.
2. The name was chosen for two reasons… one the suggest scale- Earth’s biggest bookstore and back then websites were listed alphabetically.
3. Amazon’s warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens and could hold more water than 10,000 Olympic pools.
4. The first book sold by Amazon.com was Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.
5. Amazon’s current logo was designed to depict a smile that goes from A to Z. “This signifies that the company is willing to deliver everything to everyone anywhere in the world.”
6. Amazon.com employees spend two days every two years working at the customer service desk, even the CEO.
7. Last year when Amazon website went down for 49 minutes, the company missed sales of nearly 5.7 million dollars.

Wow. Who knew? Anyway, join us at the Author’s Help Line this coming Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:00 am Central Time. All you need to do is email me at the above address and get the number and access pin. Free. Ask your questions. Bring it on.

Stay tuned.

Angela Abderhalden
Acquiring Editor, Seventh Wave Books, LLC
Author of the Mel Addison Mystery Series
http://www.seventhwavebooks.com
seventhwavebooks@gmail.com

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