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« on: June 18, 2013, 11:11:37 AM »

What's an elevator pitch?
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 11:24:39 AM »

An elevator pitch is a short, 1 to 2 sentece pitch of your novel. It's called an elevator pitch because you would, seemingly, use it if you're in an elevator with an agent and want to pitch your novel. The pitch should be short enough that it lasts the lenght of the elevator ride
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2013, 12:05:27 PM »

Thanks Falen! 
('Elevator'... Cute name - although I myself would never engage in such tacky behavior.)

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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2013, 12:32:59 PM »

Think of it this way:

You are at a writer's conference and dream agent gets into the elevator with you on the first floor. He punches #5, and you punch #7. Dream agent and you engage in brief chit-chat and introductions. Then dream agent asks you what your book is about. You are now passing floor #3. You start your elevator pitch.

Your goal is for him to forget to exit at #5, ride all the way up to #7 with you, and then suggest that you go back down to the bar to discuss the book in more detail!  Thumbs Up

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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2013, 12:55:13 PM »

Thanks, Falen.  Smiley Typically the pitch shouldn't last longer than 30 seconds. It's useful to have one to describe your book/article/new business/whatever when you only have a small amount of time to say your piece.

I've heard of people having the really short one and also a longer one, when someone wants to hear more after you said your initial pitch.

They're really necessary at small business meetings and the like. Writer's conferences too.
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2013, 01:03:05 PM »

You are at a writer's conference and dream agent gets into the elevator with you on the first floor. He punches #5, and you punch #7. Dream agent and you engage in brief chit-chat and introductions. Then dream agent asks you what your book is about. You are now passing floor #3. You start your elevator pitch.


The "elevator pitch" is not to be mistaken with the infamous "elevator hijack pitch", where dream agent presses #5 and you press #2, #3, and #4, effectively buying enough time to not just pitch the book but also read him/her the first chapter.  (then you press emergency stop and block the exit until the agent agrees to represent)
This approach is, not surprisingly, highly unsuccessful.
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2013, 01:05:34 PM »

Think of it this way:

You are at a writer's conference and dream agent gets into the elevator with you on the first floor. He punches #5, and you punch #7. Dream agent and you engage in brief chit-chat and introductions. Then dream agent asks you what your book is about. You are now passing floor #3. You start your elevator pitch.

Your goal is for him to forget to exit at #5, ride all the way up to #7 with you, and then suggest that you go back down to the bar to discuss the book in more detail!  Thumbs Up

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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2013, 01:15:38 PM »

Think of it this way:

You are at a writer's conference and dream agent gets into the elevator with you on the first floor. He punches #5, and you punch #7. Dream agent and you engage in brief chit-chat and introductions. Then dream agent asks you what your book is about. You are now passing floor #3. You start your elevator pitch.

Your goal is for him to forget to exit at #5, ride all the way up to #7 with you, and then suggest that you go back down to the bar to discuss the book in more detail!  Thumbs Up

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How about: "Let's talk about it at the bar. I'll pay." Then of course get as many drinks as possibile into dream agent before actually telling him/her what the book is about.
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2013, 03:28:50 PM »


The "elevator pitch" is not to be mistaken with the infamous "elevator hijack pitch", where dream agent presses #5 and you press #2, #3, and #4, effectively buying enough time to not just pitch the book but also read him/her the first chapter.  (then you press emergency stop and block the exit until the agent agrees to represent)
This approach is, not surprisingly, highly unsuccessful.

LOL... I think that's what I was picturing.  Very funny.

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How about: "Let's talk about it at the bar. I'll pay." Then of course get as many drinks as possible into dream agent before actually telling him/her what the book is about.

(Probably more my style - although backfire seems imminent)

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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2013, 04:51:22 PM »

I met an agent at Dragon*Con last year and he blatantly told me he was heading out to a bar that night.  In my nervous, star-struck state it didn't even occur to me to say "Which one, I'll meet you there!"
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