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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Writer POV:

  1. Writers write books. 
  2. We re-write books. 
  3. We do not pitch. 
  4. We do not sum up in "sound bites." 
  5. That is foreign and evil. 
  6. We especially do not sum up in person, because we are not salespeople. 
  7. In fact, sales is never taught in creative writing classes, because it is a totally unrelated career.

The Dilemma:

  1. Editors and Agents need us to sum up.
  2. So do Readers.
  3. They believe us when we say what our book is about.
  4. But we suck at this and are apt to stutter, wander, and make something brilliant sound like fragmented (yet earnest) dream-lings of a lunatic mind.
  5. Or just something lacking characters, plot, and any hint of conflict.
  6. They--the editors, agents, and readers--offer to meet us in public, face-to-face, at conferences, pitchfests, and bookstores.
  7. We call this the public land of our suckiness.
  8. Because the hardest thing of all is that we actually keep trying to get this right.

Our Manifesto

  1. We love what we do.
  2. Enough to learn to pitch.
  3. Yeah, that much.
  4. Today, we're here at Pitch University, and we are ready to rock.