Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video The elevator pitch, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Instructor] An elevator pitch is simply a less formal…verbal version of your logline.…The term originates from the classic scenario…that every aspiring published author dreams about,…you're on an elevator on the way to the top floor…when who should get on, an executive editor at Random House.…You strike up a conversation.…She asks what you do.…You say, I'm writing a book.…She inevitably responds, oh really,…what's the book about.…Now you have only a few seconds before the elevator…reaches the top floor to completely wow her…with a quick, but engaging pitch of your book.…
This is what's called the elevator pitch.…And it doesn't only work in elevators,…it's also very useful on airplanes, sidewalks,…at parties, in dog parks, during networking events…which we'll discuss in a future section,…and basically anywhere where you might interact…with another human being,…particularly another human being…who either works in the book business…or in some way can help you get that novel published.…Because as soon as you tell someone you're writing a book…
- Comparing traditional publishing and self-publishing
- Writing and revising your novel
- Finding an agent
- Perfecting your pitch
- Writing a query letter
- Researching agents
- Submitting to agents
- Reading your book contract
- Negotiating advances and royalties
- Understanding the publishing process
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Overview of the Publishing Process
Why I created this course2m 32s
2. Writing and Revising Your Novel
3. Introduction to Literary Agents
4. Creating and Perfecting Your Pitch
5. Writing Your Query Letter
6. Researching Agents
7. Submitting to Agents
8. Selling Your Novel
9. Navigating Your First Book Contract
10. The Publishing Process
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