Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Elevator Pitches: Show us Yours!

Ah, the elevator pitch. You banged your head on the desk writing the synopsis, broke out in hives while doing the blurb, and now you need a conversational quickie answer to the inevitable, "Oh, you write? What's your book about?"

You have no more than thirty to sixty seconds to make an impression and hook your audience. What do you say?

First of all, keep it short and end it with a call to action. A simple, "What do you read?" in return can keep the conversation going. And it is a conversation. Tell, don't sell, and let them know you love what you do.

Time's up. You're in a elevator and the stranger next to you turns and says, "I heard you say you were a writer. What's your book about?" - GO!

C.B. Pratt, author of the Hero for Hire series:
"A Hero for Hire comes in handy when you live in Ancient Greece, where the gods and the monsters are real."

A best-selling action adventure fantasy, set in an Ancient World where the mythology, the monsters and the Gods are real...and a mortal's only hope lies in a hero who can command both sword and sorcery. 

Armed with a wry voice and a swift sword, Eno the Thracian finds his simple mission to rid an island of a harpy involves a mystery that shakes the throne of Zeus Himself. With both Hekate, Witch Queen of the Underworld, and Aphrodite, Goddess of Desire, taking a ‘personal’ interest in Eno, the secrets of his early life will become unexpectedly important if he is to overcome the evil that threatens the entire world. 


Kate Holdsworth, author of Blaming the Child:

"They say that running away is never the answer, but sometimes it is all that's left, especially when they're blaming the child."

“You hate too many things, Cal,” he sighed, brushing stray curls away from her face. “Your heart doesn’t have room for it all.”

When Callister Rhodes runs away from home, she expects to leave her problems far behind. Persuading a classmate to take her into the bush on Mount Pirongia, they stumble on a secret that is not easily forgotten and its menace follows her back to Hamilton, staining her new life with old, familiar wounds.

What happens in the bush should stay in the bush, but it won't. As the consequence of what they did wraps itself around the teenagers, they find themselves in danger. Calli realises all too late that the demons in her past have come full circle and want payback.

The treacherous New Zealand bush offers Calli love and salvation before snatching both cruelly away. But in her quest to find escape she is forced to test her own limits and ultimately, find herself.


Jalpa Williby, author of Chasing Dreams series:

"Would you sacrifice everything for love?"


As long as Tess can remember, she has always had the same nightmares, where the girl is running for her life with an unknown force chasing her. Each time, right before the girl is caught, Tess awakens, shaken with fear and confusion. Who is the girl? What do these dreams mean?

Getting through the growing pains of high school with her best friends Jack and Kylie, and then being accepted into her dream college, Tess is excited to start her life of independence. There, she meets the mysterious trainer and mentor, Chris, and she instantly feels a strong connection with him. Unfortunately, he wants nothing to do with her. Although Chris continues to give her the cold shoulder, his overprotectiveness and the occasional slips of sensitivity confuse her. The more Tess tries to connect the missing pieces of her life, the more obscure her past and future appear. To make matters worse, she realizes she has fallen hard for a man who may be her worst enemy. She is unexpectedly exposed to a world of deceit and danger, causing her to be running for her life. Can Tess escape and save not only herself, but also her loved ones? Or, will she be caught, leaving her no choice but to face her worst nightmare? 

GROUND FLOOR! In three, two, one...

Terry Maggert, Author of The Fearless series:

"Three lovers, two Immortals, and one missing collection of jewelry."

Three lovers. Two immortals. One mystery.

When Ring Hardigan isn’t making sandwiches for, and with, his two partners, Waleska and Risa (they’re cool like that), he’s got a busy schedule doing the dirty work of sending immortals to the ever after. Wally and Risa provide linguistics, logistics, and finding the right place for him and his knife. 

A reclusive Baron from the timelost forests of Europe asks for their help—find a stolen collection of jewelry, and find the thief—his daughter Elizabeth, an immortal of purest evil who wants nothing less than control of Hell itself. With the help of a 2400 year old succubus hooker named Delphine, they might just live long enough to discover what is evil, who is human, and exactly who wants to reign in hell.

And that's the pitches for today. Stay tuned for tomorrow's fab four.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for giving me the chance to hone my pitch!