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elevator pitch

The Seven Deadly Elements of a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Elevator Pitch

Last night we learned about The Seven Deadly Elements of a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Elevator Speech (Pitch).  We learned that it doesn’t really matter whether you’re pitching an idea to the boss in big business or pitching your novel to a literary agent.  The key elements remain the same.  When you pitch your work to a literary agent, you’re selling both yourself and your work.  The purpose is generally the same for everyone:  Publish your work.  Your approach should be unique, either counterintuitive or innovative, that sets you apart from others.  You should clearly introduce yourself and your work, along with how you can help the agent’s own success.  Demonstrate to them that you have done your homework by starting a dialogue, rather than chasing them away.  If they ask, “Tell me more,” then reply with a short story that defines your history and accomplishments, phrasing both in the context of the […]

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The Seven Deadly Elements of a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Elevator Speech

6:00 – 6:15: Social Grab a great cup of coffee and selection from Agia Sophia’s menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. 6:15 – 7:30:  The One (or Two) Liner aka “The Seven Deadly Elements of a Drop-Dead Gorgeous Elevator Speech” Last night (seriously) I was on the phone with an agent, and he asked me to provide a short synopsis of my novels.  I had a couple of canned responses, but I wound up winging it, as would any of us if we were actually caught in an elevator with an agent! Here’s what I told him: Ok, here’s a synopsis of my first book, Dead in a Red Dress:  John Degha, a former OSS commando during World War II, struggles to find his footing six years after the war.  During a late-night gig as a private detective, his world is shattered when […]