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Pitch Exercise #1 – Would you accept or reject these pitches?


Pitch Exercise #1 – Would you accept or reject these pitches? http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/73SLT8B

The online exercises have ten questions. They have the published or unpublished pitches of ten books or movies. It is your job as a pretend editor or agent to accept or reject each pitch.

You can select more than one answer.  For instance, you can choose reject it and then check all the things it was missing.

You must select at least one answer for each question. If you reject it, please put a check by the reason.  If your reason isn’t listed, you can put it in the box below number 10 on the form.

1. Reject it.
2. This pitch is missing main character.
3. This pitch doesn’t tell what main character wants or needs.
4. This pitch doesn’t tell why main character can’t get what he wants or needs.
5. This pitch is missing emotional hook.
6. This pitch is missing conflict.
7. This pitch is missing change in character.
8. This pitch is missing universal theme.
9. Ask for first 3 chapters and a summary. Why? (Put answer in box below)
10. This is a pitch from an already published book or movie. (Put title in box below)

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7 Responses

  1. Hi Joan,
    I hope you get lots of Pitch Practice Participants. I’ll study the correct answers for a while before jumping in. Great exercise. It’s also very well planned out with survey monkey. You are definitely on top of how to pull this off. Good luck to all those at Pitch Corner USA.

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  2. Dear Linda,
    Thanks for hoping I get lots of Pitch Practice Participants. I’m glad you are going to jump in and do the survey. I do hope people will click on the survey. It takes you right to it. Thanks for the good luck wishes to all those at Pitch Corner USA.

    You’re a jewel.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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  3. That was fun … It’s obvious I’ll starve as an editor. I rejected 7 out of 10!

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    • Dear Widdershins,
      Thanks for doing the survey. I’m glad it was fun. You are hilarious. I love you telling me that it’s obvious you’ll starve as an editor because you rejected 7 out of 10. You made me smile, giggle, and laugh. You are totally cool!
      Thanks for writing. You are a jewel.
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  4. Joan, while I did realize that the descriptions were from existing novels/stories, I’d reject a goodly number of them because of problems in the pitch itself: bad grammar, punctuation errors, run-on sentences, and the like. If they can’t get the pitch right, I sure don’t want to read the novel.

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  5. Dear Margaret,
    Isn’t it amazing? I’m glad you found the exercise enlightening in how not to do it, as well as how to write a pitch that sells. The pitch does influence the reader. You proved that by your comment. If they can’t get the pitch right, you don’t want to read the novel.
    Thanks for doing the survey. I appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to do it. Seven people have done it so far. That’s a good number, I think.
    Celebrate you and your gift of writing!
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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