Monday, March 28, 2011

The Three line Pitch

Ok, so utter fail on my part on Friday. In case you didn't see the tweet about it, here's the story.

Mid-day I saw a tweet about a contest on Savvy Authors for a 3-line pitch to agent Denise Little. She's on my list. Sci fi was included in the list of acceptable submissions. I had that freaky wig out moment where my heart started racing and I thought, "This could be it!"

I opened the browser, I opened my document of 1-line pitches. Ok, see where this is going? I didn't have a 3-line pitch, had never heard of it as a possibility, had NO IDEA what to add to the one liners I had.

I was paralyzed.

I thought I was seriously going to have a heart attack watching my chance tick away--it was a one day opportunity.

I read a few that were already submitted and that didn't help. They were all amazing!

This was my entry.
Genre: Science Fantasy with Romance elements
Word Count: 87,000

They’re coming, and I’ll die when they find me.

Talia Shannon’s prophetic nightmares are about to become reality, but she can’t warn her planet without revealing her magical abilities. When science fails to save her, magic becomes the only hope.
Head smack to desk.

It doesn't tell anything about the book really. This might work as a back cover, but it's not a pitch.

So, here is what I learned Saturday--yeah, a day too late. A good formula for a 3-line pitch is GMC. Here's the helpful email that shared this idea with me.
G=What's the main characters goal at the start of the story. What is he/she doing in chapter one which sets up the rest of the book.
M=What's motivating that goal?
Obviously they aren't going to get it immediately in ch 1, so who or what stops them = conflict.
So, I've set a goal to write a REAL 3-line pitch this week.
Want to join me?
Write a 3-line pitch and then post it here and we can all respond to each other and voice our opinions.