I’m not talking about baseball here… I’m talking about making an actual pitch to an actual editor or agent.
This weekend I have the opportunity to pitch to an editor and it will be my first ever pitch. So, what do I do to get prepared you ask…
Simple. I panic. That’s how I roll ladies and gents. I take an entire day to meltdown in full-fledged panic mode. I write a pretty good pitch at 1 in the morning then I spend the following day telling myself I’m crazy for attempting to do this. I distract myself with editing and writing. Then I write a kick-ass chapter for the book I’m pitching. (A chapter I didn’t initially see being in the book, but now I can’t imagine the book without I might add…)
And now I can’t not pitch the book, right?? I mean that chapter is probably one of my favorites now… so I can’t let it sit home with my ‘balls’ right?? No! I will not be that nervous nelly!
Instead I will pitch to the kids until they roll their eyes, pitch to myself in the bathroom mirror until I can count my eyelashes as I do it, and attempt to pitch to the poor, unsuspecting UPS guy who I’ve already scarred for life anyway when he delivers my new book today…
So, yeah. I picked out something professional to wear and I am working on memorizing a pitch that I wrote so feel like I should already know like the back of my hand (but apparently I don’t).
Yeah, I think I’ll go edit again for a couple of hours… then I’ll work on it. Tomorrow there’s a good chance I’m going to pitch my book to my mom’s whole oncology team while I’m there… yeah. I’m that desperate! lol!!
Wish me luck and let’s hope I don’t strike out!