Founder and Chief Alchemist
Part skills lesson, part confession, part peptalk: this is my brand new radio interview on Your Book is Your Hook radio program, hosted by Jennifer Wilkov.  You'll recognize her as an expert-in-resident here at Pitch U!
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Pitch University Case Studies take you step-by-step through Pitch and Query creation. (And they're 100% free.)

If you believe that... 

  • studying examples that already work doesn't help,
  • using craft-of-writing techniques makes sense yet it still doesn't work,
  • your book is too complex to "sum up,"
  • you don't know which details to leave out, 
  • the more work you do, the "flatter" your pitch or query feels,
  • and it just sucks no matter what anyone says...

 ... You're in for a treat!  

From Pitch U founder, Diane Holmes:  "I'm writing these to share with you, because it's what I wish I'd had all those years I banged my head on writing pitches and queries for my very complex novels.  I took classes and workshops, read books and articles, and tried over and over and over to come up with something that worked.  What I needed was to see something transform from sucking to awesome."  

What you'll find:

* Diane's indepth work with a single writer, from "problem pitch" to a pitch that actually works.

* The pitch and query we actually start with.

* The exact conversation, questions, and steps through both pitch and query discovery.  Multiple versions of pitches and queries, and their corrections.

* Exploration of shorter and shorter versions, to determine which length is most effective.

* Feedback from an Agent to guide re-work.

* Final versions.

* Updates as the pitches and queries are used in the real world. 

First, Sign up for The Monthly Pitch, the official Pitch U newsletter where we'll announce all our new Case Studies, plus feature updates from agents, editors, and the writers using the pitches and queries we create in the real world.

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Journal of Pitching Illustrative Case Study 01: Natalie Markey, YA Fantasy, "Tri-World Chronicles: Destiny."


 Journal of Pitching Illustrative Case Study 02: Taylor Lunsford, Regency Romance, "The Warrior Groom."