Pitch Competition Winner Announced

Thanks to everyone who entered the pitch competition inspired by Lil Chase’s guest post Perfecting Your Story Pitch.

The winner Lil has chosen is Nikki Bielinski and her witch/witch finder story. A Witch hunting a Witch Finder who is hunting her is a conflict so obvious it’s brilliant!

Mariah is a Witch who wants revenge for the death of her Grandmother, who was burned alive by the Witch Finder. Secretly, she has the support of friends who will help her find him. But will the Witch Finder get Mariah first?

Congratulations, Nikki. If you could let me know your address details, I’ll forward them on to Lil so she can send you your prize. My email is lorrieporter (dot) mail (at) googlemail (dot) com.

Perfecting Your Story Pitch with Lil Chase

I was lucky enough to attend a SCBWI workshop a few weeks ago given by Lil Chase, entitled ‘Books that Sell Well’. I was so impressed with what Lil had to say, I asked if she could share the essence of her workshop with you guys.

I’m grateful to her for not only saying ‘yes’, but also offering a prize for the best pitch. Continue reading

Concept Can Get You Published: Guy Saville Explains All

I’m breaking a rule today, which is always a good thing to do once in a while. Usually my guest authors write children’s or YA fiction. However, today I’m happy to welcome Guy Saville, an very dear friend of mine. Guy most definitely does not write fiction for children. His books are action-packed thrillers which explore the darker side of human nature.

Here’s what he has to say about getting published: Continue reading

Pinning Down Your Pitch

On Saturday I ran my first workshop in a series of six, during which we talked a lot about story premise and how a good premise can be used to pitch your story idea to agents and editors.

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Here’s a slightly different take on using an ‘elevator pitch’ which I found recently on Linda Armstrong’s blog, One Way to Wonder. It talks about the High Concept Idea. For me, ‘high concept’ equates to the originality of your story idea, and is an important part of developing a strong premise.

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A Tale of Two Premises

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A Tale of Two Premises

Premise is a word I’ve seen used by some excellent authors of ‘how to write fiction’ books, and at first I was a little confused by what they meant; until I realised they used the word ‘premise’ to mean different things.

Take Donald Maass’s fabulous book ‘Writing the Breakout Novel’. He dedicates the whole of chapter two to premise. For him premise describes the core ideas of the story. He says it must be plausible, original, contain an inherent conflict and have gut emotional appeal. He also says premise can be ‘built’. Continue reading