Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Pitching Your Book

Medical suspense writer CJ Lyons has posted an excellent article on how to pitch your novel. She outlines several types of pitches, all of which you should prepare before meeting an agent or editor. For example, a hook line gets the audience curious and gives an idea of what the book is like. So for my work in progress, a horror novel set in Civil War Missouri, the hook line could be:
A Confederate guerrilla and a Union officer discover there's something more dangerous in the woods than each other.
That might be a bit too long, but I'm only a third of the way through so I have time to work on it.
Oh, and CJ Lyons is a pediatric ER doctor, so don't tell me you're too busy to write!

1 comment:

CJ Lyons said...

Thanks for the shout out, Sean! Glad you found the post helpful.

There are more articles on my website (http://www.cjlyons.net) and also for folks who sign up for my newsletter (you can win free stuff!).

And I'll be back at webwritingwonders next month with more on pitches!

Happy writing! Your book sounds fascinating!

Looking for more from Sean McLachlan? He also hangs out on the Civil War Horror blog, where he focuses on Civil War and Wild West history.

You can also find him on his Twitter feed and Facebook page.