This is a comment I made to a blog post on Maria Purdy Young’s blog PERSPECTIVES. I thought it would be a good public service to repost it here. The subject? Pitchapalooza.
I’ve done public speaking. I’ve given classes in front of dozens of hostile folks. Pitchapalooza should be a snap right?
But it was the best possible thing I could have done. I’ve given two pitches in front of The Book Doctors. I loved it so much I went to a third, just to cheer on friends of mine.
Pitchapalooza, if nothing else, is all about you and your book. Do you love it enough to stand in front of others and give a short pitch? Do you believe in the premise enough to risk no laughter at the punch line? Do you, in short, love your baby enough to lift the blanket off of its face and let others see it?
You have to hand it to the Book Doctors – there were pitches that had me zoning out, but somehow, they never lost focus, but found some nugget in the pitch to praise the author.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to get to one of these events. People have driven hundreds of miles to one of them….and won!