Pitch University Best Comment Award, May 2011
From the Desk of Pitch U Minion Tina Moss:
Each month we’ll be reading your comments to find the most useful, insightful, heartfelt or inspirational responses to Pitch University articles. The top poster will be featured here along with honorable mentions.
... Lisa Tener for her response to “Your Book Proposal: Give Them What They Want and Make Them Beg For More!” by the Lit Coach, Erin Reel.
This article featured a guide for creating your non-fiction book proposal. It asked writers to answer four distinct questions when creating the proposal.
Lisa added to the discussion by reminding writers to include the market for the book and the platform the writer has already established. Here is her award winning comment:
“A great summary of what makes a proposal pop. I often suggest making clear up front who the market is and the size of the market, if appropriate. And if an author has a big following, it can be a successful strategy to drop the most stunning fact about a writer's platform up front. Lead with the fact you were on Oprah...but tell it as a story, for instance.”
- May 18, 2011
Thanks Lisa for adding your insight into creating a book proposal.
Pitch University supporters are an AMAZING community of writers. They’ve offered their feedback on various queries in response to Diane Holmes article “Working on YOUR Book’s Pitch: Genre, Story Hook, and Setting Expectations.” There were too many GREAT comments to choose from, so check them all out HERE.
Additional wonderful comments for the month of May come from our Honorable Mentions:
· From ClaudeNougat in response to Pitching at Midnight: The Layers of Your Pitch.
“Brilliant advice and I just tweeted about it! Indeed, good YA is multilayered, and my favorite YA author, Carlos Ruiz Zafòn, does precisely this sort of thing - like Christie Craig, only the setting is dark, mysterious, Gaudì-crazy Barcelona (he's Spanish).
They have both understood in depth what it is that makes a good story! Zafòn points out that YA novels need to bring up basic existential issues that provoke and stimulate Young Adults...He thinks they are more demanding than adults!
– May 26, 2011
Thank you for introducing us to a YA author and sharing your thoughts on the genre.
· From Ginger Simpson in response to What Is It Like to Consult with a Literary Agent?
“Great article, and I have done and continue to do what you've suggested; I recently signed up for Six Sentence Sunday and if you want to get blog exposure, that's a way to do it. I spent the entire day trying to leave a comment on each of the 114 blogs listed there. If you're looking for a certain type of voice in the reading you prefer, check out the site, join or just follow the links to read the six shared sentences of others.”
– May 15, 2011
I love the idea for Six Sentence Sunday! Thanks for informing our audience about this fun blogging forum.