Imagine you are in the elevator at a conference or writing event. In walks your DREAM AGENT. *GULP* You have about ten seconds to pitch. And it better be good.
If you get the chance to corner a literary agent you only have a short window to sell your story. I took a query course recently, with NYT Bestseller CJ Lyons. Great class. Here is what I learned.
ELEVATOR PITCH: Quick. Easy. Memorable. This is not a summary of your entire book but what type of read it will be. Uses pop culture references/universal images.
The DaVinci Code: Indiana Jones meets Murder She Wrote.
Twilight: Beverly Hills 90210 meets True Blood
A Walk to Remember: Terms of Endearment meets Grease
For my first MS:
By Grace Alone: The Notebook meets Brothers & Sisters
What do you have for your novel? Let's see what ya got and chat about it. You just might get an agent with the perfect pitch.