Pitching a Book in Three Sentences


I have a new motivational partner —  and personally, I think we all need one of those, whether you’re a writer or not, don’t you? Anyway, because she’s a generous soul, Wendy noticed an opportunity for me to pitch my non-fiction book proposal for Keeping A Breast (or as I frequently refer to it — KAB), and emailed to tell me about it.

It seems on the Savvy Authors website, they frequently host events where writers can pitch to some great editors and agents.

The catch? Most of these events require three line pitches.

Sum up your book in just three sentences? Hey, no pressure or anything *grin*, but it can be done.

In fact, I’ve found the exercise of developing such a pitch to be a great method of distilling what my book is about. And that effort helps keep it clear in my mind as I write as well.

What do you think? Can you do it? These are great opportunities to reach some top-drawer editors and agents that you might otherwise never meet without traveling to a major conference like RT or RWA national.

www.savvyauthors.com if you’re interested. They also offer some excellent online workshops, so check it out.

Try the three line pitch on your work in progress, and if you come up with something that you think works, leave a comment. If you do, I’ll share my three line pitch for KAB as it stands at present.

About kymlucas

"Taking care not to take love too seriously." Writer of smart, fresh, contemporary romance and women's fiction. Blogging about writing, reading, and more recently, dealing with the ins and outs of breast cancer.
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4 Responses to Pitching a Book in Three Sentences

  1. Becky Lower says:

    Kerri Nelson offers a class called Pitch Like a Pro that does exactly what you need. She can condense any plot into 3 very catchy sentences, sure to garner the attention of an editor or agent. She did with my book. After taking the class, an editor who reviewed all the pitches, asked to see my full manuscript, and it got the attention of an agent as well. Still nothing signed, but I’m further along than ever before!


  2. Kym says:

    Lori Wilde did a similar session at one of our conferences, boiling your pitch down to one to two lines. It really helped. Glad to hear about your agent and editor requests.


  3. Cari says:

    Thanks, Kym! I will definitely share this with my writers’ group, and may post it on my blog too.


  4. kymlucas says:

    Thanks for the comment, Cari. We both really owe thanks to Wendy, my motivational partner, because I never knew they did these three line pitches. If nothing else, it’s a great way to boil down a book to its most basic appeal.


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