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

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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