You have 30 seconds to make an impression. But how do you reduce tens of thousands of words down to 30 or less? What to leave in? What to ignore? How to give those 30 words punch and drama?
An â€œelevator pitchâ€ can be defined as a bare-bones summary of your novel â€“ but it is really something much more. This succinct distillation can help not only in query letters and networking, but in finding your hook and focusing your writing before you even start!
Author Carrie Lofty will share the elevator pitches that got her in the door, along with her techniques for making them concise and effective. She will look at the four plot arcs of any romance novelâ€”hero, heroine, external, and romanticâ€”and teach you how to weave all four into the most powerful elevator pitch possible.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Since completing her masterâ€™s degree in history, Carrie Lofty has been devoted to raising two precocious daughters and writing full time. Her historical romances have all received four stars from RT Book Reviews, which declared: “Lofty writes adventure romance like a born bard of old.”
In addition to two new historical romances coming out in 2011, her “Dark Age Dawning” trilogy of hot-n-dirty apocalyptic romances, co-written with Ann Aguirre under the name Ellen Connor, will kick off with Nightfall from Berkley Sensation in June.
Coming in January 2011â€“ â€œGoing the Distance: Goal Setting and Time Management for Writersâ€ with Kitty Bucholtz January 10 â€“ February 5, 2011 Every New Yearâ€™s Eve, as the fireworks explode, we try to figure out how to make our goals into our reality. But what will work for you? In this class, you will be presented with a variety of ways to look at goal setting and time management specifically designed for the writer. Whether you are a plotter or a pantster, this interactive course will help you design a personalized game plan.
As if Olivia Merriman doesn’t have enough to do in her beloved town of New Moon Beach, now her grouchy great-grandmother has recruited her to head up their coven of witches; her sisters are miffed, the coven is pushing her to accept the job, and to top it all off an evil wizard is messing with her love life. More info →