A book pitch is a summary of your novel that should hook the reader. Main character and plot are essential. The pitch can be as short as one sentence in length. You can find pitch events online where you are required to post yours in the comments section and hope for the best.
On May 31st, I pitched my latest MS to Heather Howland of Entangled Publishing. The Romance University website held the event HERE. If you click on that link, you will not only see all the pitches but her responses. She responded to all of them, and there were a lot. I didn't receive a request. She replied to my pitch with the reasons. This competition required a 3-5 sentence pitch.
Dorothy Dreyer hosted a pitch event on her blog over the weekend, and I participated in it HERE. The agent Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency is requesting a full manuscript from the winner. This competition required a 3 sentence pitch.
Here is the 3 sentence pitch for my manuscript that I posted on Dorothy Dreyer's blog. I tried to take Heather Howland's advice in tweaking it.
When Abby survives 9/11 as a child, she doesn't realize that she's been given a gift that allows her to sacrifice her own life to prevent death for those around her. Newly hired bodyguard Ace joins Abby in uncovering a prophecy and finds himself with the almost impossible task of keeping Abby alive. Mysterious nested boxes imprinted with a code lead to events that prove Abby's safety will only get people killed.
Have you ever participated in a pitch contest? Here are some more opportunities:
Etopia Press editor Rachel Firasek -
The lovely Rachel Firasek is an editor now with Etopia Press and is taking pitches through midnight 6/12/12 at this link.
You must be a member to participate in SavvyAuthor activities. Membership is free. I pay for the premium membership, and it is well worth the $30 annually. Click on the link to above to go to the SavvyAuthors website and see exactly what the agent or editor is looking for in a manuscript.
June 2012 Pitch Events
Pitch your book to Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks
July 2012 Pitch Events
Pitch your book to Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency
Pitch your book to Lauri Blasch Of Black Opal Books
Pitch your book to Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Pitch your book to Laurie McLean of Larsen Pomada Literary Agency
Pitch your book to Peter Knapp of Park Literary Group