- Writers write books.
- We re-write books.
- We do not pitch.
- We do not sum up in "sound bites."
- That is foreign and evil.
- We especially do not sum up in person, because we are not salespeople.
- In fact, sales is never taught in creative writing classes, because it is a totally unrelated career.
- Editors and Agents need us to sum up.
- So do Readers.
- They believe us when we say what our book is about.
- 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.
- Or just something lacking characters, plot, and any hint of conflict.
- They--the editors, agents, and readers--offer to meet us in public, face-to-face, at conferences, pitchfests, and bookstores.
- We call this the public land of our suckiness.
- Because the hardest thing of all is that we actually keep trying to get this right.
- We love what we do.
- Enough to learn to pitch.
- Yeah, that much.
- Today, we're here at Pitch University, and we are ready to rock.