Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Round-Up - #168


If you've attended a conference, it's happened to you. You're in an elevator with an agent/editor, at lunch, in the hall, sitting in a workshop waiting for a class to start, and the dreaded question is asked. What are you writing?

Carla Olson Gade, at Writing to Distraction, posted a hilarious video on elevator pitches. The video is toward the end of the article. We're glad Carla is getting back into the groove. We missed her.

Do the words, "elevator pitch" make your eyes glaze over? How do you overcome that fear and form a coherent description of your book or article?

16 comments:

kristen said...

That phrase used to strike fear deep into my heart. And then I really got to know my story, so now they aren't as scary.
Of course, now the scary part is being able to say it without stuttering and stumbling. Still working on that! Off to writing to distraction!!
Thanks

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I actually was in an elevator alone with an agent I would have loved to pitch to, but we were both so exhausted we were retreating to our rooms for a nap. I'm thankful I did see her later on. ;)
~ Wendy

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

My problem is knowing the story, but having trouble condensing it into a few words. :)

Enjoy the video!

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Wendy -

Now, that's something to consider. Just because you find yourself in a elevator with an agent/editor doesn't mean you MUST give them a pitch.

Later on, they might remember you as that considerate individual, who gave them the space they needed.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jean Fischer said...

I love the video! Thanks, Susan.

Blessings.
Jean

Marja said...

I am still learning it Susan :)
Have a good time at the conference!

Nancy said...

That was great. Such good tips in such a short time. I left a comment for Carla, too.

Karen Lange said...

Will check out the link. Thanks Susan! :)
Blessings,
Karen

Chatty Crone said...

Have a good weekend.

Jessica Nelson said...

Hahhahaaa, I've been alone with them and never had one ask that question. Hmmm. LOL

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

I thought it was a unique way to get the point across. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja -

We're all on the learning curve. :)

Thanks! I'm almost ready.

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

I'm glad you got something out of the video. Thanks for supporting Carla. She has an excellent blog.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Now, if you were only able to be here and pitch this book with me! Wouldn't that be a hoot?

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Chatty -

Thank you. I hope you get some relaxing time.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Maybe they have some kind of radar that hones in on the nervous ones. LOL!

Blessings,
Susan :)