I’m a little late with my post this morning because I have been patiently waiting for the pitches to be announced in the Pitchapalooza challenge.
Unfortunately, my pitch didn’t get randomly picked for the NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza. However, twenty-five others are now up and are vying for votes to be the ‘fan favourite’. Not only this, but each of the twenty-five pitches have been briefly critiqued by The Book Doctors – Arielle and David – and their comments help to view the pitches with an editorial eye. There are some good tips in and amongst the reviews that could certainly help any aspiring author when approaching their own pitch.
I’m going to spend some of my time today reading through all the pitches and seeing which one I like the best and why. Then, because I’m a good sport, I’m going to vote for this pitch. It’s important to support other writers, but I think the reason I loved this challenge was because the thought of someone reading those 250 words and then saying ‘Wow, I want to read this book’ is an amazing reward for all the hard work of writing it. For so few words the sentiment behind the idea validates your book’s existence – someone wanting to read your novel is significant if you actually plan to have your novel read!
Writing the pitch for my novel was certainly a great exercise and I do feel that it crystallised some of the key concepts and themes that I was writing about. It’s also helped me define each of my main characters’ motivations and story arc, so that is something I can work on further as I’m editing.
So, go on – go over to the website and have a read of some of those NaNoWriMo novel pitches: you’re bound to find one you like: