I’m hoping that snow (or any other extremes of weather) will not be a factor when I set out in February for Hertfordshire and the Get Writing conference, but the knowledge that I’ll be making a three minute pitch of my latest novel on that day is already concentrating my mind. I still have some editing to do, but mentally I’m already giving the book its final polish prior to putting it squarely in the front of my shop window and sending it out into the world. The fact that I’ve managed to secure a lovely new cover image for its virtual launch is very pleasing indeed, and I’ll be reporting on that very soon.
Meanwhile I’ve taken down the opening chapters that were on this site while I ponder exactly how I want the novel to begin. (Luckily where it begins is not in doubt). Then it will be a question of working on the pitch itself. Sadly the Pitch Parlour blogspot seems to have gone into hibernation, but for a bit of practice I’ve entered this A & C Black competition and also hope to be taking part in a pitching night with my writing group in January. Practice, I hope , will make perfect. (Although I might still dry up completely in front of a top industry guru!)
Interesting word ‘pitch’. I can see that ‘making a pitch’ might relate to the idea of throwing, but why do we talk of someone ‘pitching up’? More to the point, we also say in these ‘ere parts that snow is pitching, i.e. sticking or lying.
And yes, it’s doing so as I write.