Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Get Ready to Pitch Your Book

By Debbie Maxwell Allen

I'm surprised I hadn't come across Pitch University in my internet browsing before. What a wealth of information. Even if you're not ready to pitch right now, you're probably ready to learn. The folks at Pitch University have worked incredibly hard to provide you the tools you need. And just in time for the conference this month.

The amount of articles, videos, and audios is amazing. Start at the home page, and scroll down to Pitching 101. You'll want to do some browsing on the site to get familiar with all they offer.

Begun by Diane Holmes, Pitch University is a safe and comfortable place for writers--no matter how hesitant or shy--to learn to verbalize their story. Holmes grew up in a family of salesmen, and even majored in marketing, but she confesses, "I suck at pitching." Makes you feel better, huh?

One of the events at Pitch University is a monthly "PitchFest". The organizers host an agent or editor who is currently looking for books. Participants are encouraged to pitch to the professional, via query letter, audio, or video.

Among the many offerings at Pitch University are:

The Pitch U Writers Manifesto (which will ease your mind)

The first of 27 lessons on pitching. Scroll down on the right to see the list.

The free Monthly Pitch newsletter (signing up gets you the free bonus "10 Reasons You Suck at Pitching Your Book")

Do you feel comfortable with your pitch? Have you pitched in the past? How did it go?

About the Author: Debbie Maxwell Allen writes young adult historical fantasy in the Rocky Mountains. She blogs about free resources for writers at