Well, it's less than 2 weeks until the Romance Writers of Australia Inc holds its annual conference. This year hundreds of authors and industry experts are flying to the Gold Coast to participate in 4 days of learning, sharing, selling and networking. Glorious, and a little daunting. There are 10 minutes in particular that have me shaking in my boots and they are 2 x 5 mintues sessions to pitch my complete manuscript to a publisher and agent. Terrifying! So, I've spent hours figuring out how to compact 75,000 words into a tense and compelling 2 minute speach that captures the main characters, conflicts and inciting incident. The aim is to show how utterly unique and interesting my story is. Hmm.
And what's more terrifying than a pitch? Surely nothing, you say. A 'log line'. One sentence to depict the essence of the story. Something you can use when your friends ask you the dreaded question, 'What's your book about?', or when you bump into a publisher at the coffee machine and he asks, 'What are you writing at the moment?'. One sentence is all it takes to get their interest. Once you have that you may have the opportunity to pitch or answer questions, and that's the aim of the game: sell, sell, sell.
Fingers, toes and legs crossed and wish me the best of luck!