Gotta Read It!: Five Simple Steps to a Fiction Pitch that Sells
By Libbie Hawker
This month I’m reviewing the writing craft book: Gotta Read It!, an excellent book on how to create the perfect blurb for your book.
Writing a blurb is hard, almost harder than writing a book. Why is it we can write 40, 60, 80, 120 thousand words, but we can’t condense our story into 150-200 words? Perhaps we’re too involved with our characters. Perhaps our love of storytelling prevents us from leaving out anything. No matter what the reason, we can use help in writing a pitch or blurb for our book.
Fortunately, Libbie Hawker has written a book to make the process easier.
She advises us to think about your book like a publisher. The key to making your book stand out from others in your genre is packaging, which consists of:
In Gotta Read It!: Five Simple Steps to a Fiction Pitch that Sells, she focuses on the pitch.
What is a Pitch:
A pitch, Ms. Hawker explains, consists of five elements:
- A character, who
- Wants something, but
- Something stands in her way, so she
- Struggles against that force, and
- Something important is at stake.
These five elements are the basic skeleton on which to build your pitch. To build on that skeleton, you need to add three things:
- Setting. Give the reader clues so they can form a mental image of the world they’re reading about.
- Details. Add details about the main character’s desires and conflicts, as well as clues about his and the antagonist’s personalities.
- Voice. The pitch should match the tone of the story. Don’t write a light, breezy blurb when the story is a psychological thriller.
Ms. Hawker also tackles how to write a pitch for a romance and for a book with multiple main characters.
The book is short (52 pages), but it tackles an important dilemma most writers struggle with. I heartily recommend you add this writing craft book to your library.
Gotta Read It! on Amazon for 99¢
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