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How to Write an Elevator Pitch for Your Novel: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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In this week’s column I thought I’d follow on from last week’s topic of comp titles and focus on writing a great elevator pitch for your novel. As with comp titles, elevator pitches can be used by self-published authors too. In self-publishing you might use your elevator pitch as part of our book blurb or as part of your marketing strategy. A great elevator pitch is vital for those seeking agent representation and I hope the links I’ve chosen will help you to write the best elevator pitch for your novel not matter what publishing route you choose.

  1. https://jerichowriters.com/the-elevator-pitch/ – How To Write An Elevator Pitch: This article explores what an elevator pitch is for a novel before moving into explaining the elements required for making it great. It tells you what boxes your elevator pitch must tick if it’s to be successful and finishes up with a great list of samples.
  2. https://www.nownovel.com/blog/how-to-create-a-novel-elevator-pitch/ – How To create an elevator pitch: Novel Pitches that sell: This article provides 5 tips on how to create the perfect novel pitch. It explains what an elevator pitch should be, how a compelling hook is essential, how it should identify your market, and how important it is to distil it into a single sentence.
  3. https://insights.bookbub.com/steps-to-writing-a-killer-elevator-pitch-for-your-book/ – 5 Steps to Writing a Killer Elevator Pitch for Your Book: This article breaks down the 5 steps to creating a great elevator pitch. It looks what your book is – fiction, memoir, self-help – as well as the context and why readers should care about your story. Step 4 explains about snappy pitches and why they work.
  4. https://www.standoutbooks.com/elevator-pitch/ – Mastering The Art of the Elevator Pitch: The first thing this article does is explain exactly what an elevator pitch is before moving on to the structure, audience/genre, and then loglines. The article finishes with a piece on pitching in person.
  5. http://graemeshimmin.com/creating-an-irresistible-elevator-pitch/ – Creating an Irresistible Elevator Pitch: This fun article takes a more personal approach and asks the reader to imagine themselves at a party where an agent asks what their book is about. It then moves on to look at the elevator pitch in more detail before finishing up back at the party with your irresistible pitch.
  6. https://rachellegardner.com/tag/elevator-pitches/ – Elevator Pitches: This section of literary agent, Rachelle Gardner’s website has a number of excellent posts all relating to elevator pitches. They may seem a little old, but there’s one thing that will never go out of date, and that is writing a great elevator pitch.
  7. https://electricliterature.com/this-handy-chart-automatically-generates-a-pitch-for-your-new-novel/ -Handy Chart Automatically Generates a Pitch for Your New Novel: This one is more for fun that information. It provides a chart with letters and columns and you simply use the letters of your name to create a pitch. It’s really just a fun tool, but by playing around with it, you will see how useful pitches can be and how the elements join together. Who knows, you might find the perfect pitch for your novel contained within the chart. There are a couple of examples included too.

I hope you enjoyed the links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans

Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans