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Pitch Live! … Elevator Pitch Contest/Blogfest

Friday, 21 September 2012  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

I’m so excited to announce PITCH LIVE! What is it, you ask? It’s a video of your best elevator pitch to an agent. I wanted to give you guys enough time to produce a video of an elevator pitch for your finished novels, so I’m posting this now. We already have a couple agents signed up to view the top 30 videos (if we get that many), but there will be more agents. I’ll announce the agents in a post soon. The contest is for Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade fiction. The elevator pitch should be creative, as if you ran into an agent at a conference.

The blogfest…

Sign up on the linky below by October 15 at 8AM EDT. From October 15 to 17 judges will be hopping to each blog to pick the most creative and exciting pitches (content is important, too) that will make it into the agent round. Hop around the blogs and view your fellow competitors’ videos, comment, and make friends. Participating in the blogfest is important, because if you don’t make the top 30, you could have an agent or editor not participating (or participating) in the contest hop around the blogs offering to read more. It has happened in contests past. 

The contest… 

The top 30 videos will go live on the hosts’ blogs on October 18. Agents will view and request to read more of their favorites from October 18 to 19


All videos must be accessible on YouTube and the recommended size of no larger than 854 x 480 (51.79 MB). Please make sure your videos are set to public viewing (not private). The video shall be no more than two minutes (there maybe an added second when transferred to Youtube – we will take it with that added second or two) in length. No obscene content (I will remove the blog from the linky). Make sure to title it “Pitch Live!“. Your posts should have the following heading above the embedded video:

Genre: The Genre of your manuscript 
Word Count: The word count of your manuscript (round up or down to the nearest thousandth)

Remember to include these things in your pitches: Character, Inciting Event, Goals, Obstacles, Conflict, and Stakes

Check out this site here for some samples on how to create a video pitch.

Here’s some videos from your hosts for hints on what to put into your pitch (warning: mine is awful, but hopefully it will make you feel better about your own)…

Brenda’s gawd-awful video (Can you guess the skyline I didn’t know?)

Erica Chapman’s very informative video…

Leigh Ann Kopans’ video on how to create a video pitch…

Remember you can be as creative as you want, but your pitch must be there and we must see your face. It’s about your personality. Good luck!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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Coming up on the blog…


The Teenaged Nitpick’s critiques go up next week on the blog. Two a day for five days. Come back and see what he has to say about these very brave writers’ first pages.

Win a copy of TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes coming from Month9Books this October. Go here for details.

Pitch your “Swoon” worthy novella to Month9Books October 1. For details, go here.

Trick or Treat with and Agent 

Details coming September 29!

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