Coffee Talk: Pitching Workshop

I’ve been asked by my chapter to do a little talk on pitching next month. I said yes because apparently I have a weakness for teaching. I really do.

Am, I a pitching expert? No way! But I’m a very good student and I’ve studied up. As a naturally shy person who had to force myself to be able to speak publicly, I know if I can suck it up and appear confident, then anyone can.

I’ve pitched a handful of times and I’ve been reading up on pitching all over the agent/editor blogosphere to prepare. Plus, I’ve had the privilege of attending “Itching to Pitch” by fellow romance author D’Anne Avner twice. I think she does a great job of focusing on all the aspects of a pitch — not just what you say but how you present yourself.

I’m thinking the crux of my coffee talk is going to be this: According to Michael Hague, the biggest mistake authors make when trying to pitch is to try to tell their whole story.

Don’t think of it as a pitch. Think of it as a job interview with your story as your calling card. And — if it empowers you at all, consider that you can be the interviewer as much as the interviewee. 🙂

More later!

WordPress in One Hour Webinar

I’m doing my trial run of my WordPress for Dummies training session today. I signed up for a trial run of WebEx and I have my test subjects lined up.

I’m quite excited and hope it goes well as I need to run it for my local chapter next week. If this works, I might try to do some other similar sessions, but I have to figure out how that will work. I don’t want to charge for this since unpublished writers spend so much time and money already just to be in the game.

I’ll report back after tonight.