A NOVEL CONTEST: The Elevator Pitch

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. I've got enough of your completed ideas in my editing folder, thank you very much.

Oh Noes! She's stockpiling them!!!

Well, I'm tellin' you right now sneaky mod lady... I mailed that totally original pitch to myself... and I'll post it on my blog... and .... and... well, you just better not even think about writing anything with characters like mine or a story like mine.

If I see something else with people in it... or that's YA... or involves places... you're in trouble!!!
 

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LOL. I just saw that thread. Waiting for permission to respond from the mod who locked it. While I'm waiting, though, let me assure everyone here, I have enough ideas of my own queued up; I don't need yours.


:roll:

You made me go and look for that locked thread! What a hoot!
 

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Are you getting lots of entries?
 

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Oh, yes. I don't have a precise count but there's a little over 20 in my PM box, plus the ones I've received by e-mail and about 32 hours still left in the entry phase. There's usually a rush near the deadline.
 

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You want an idea?

"It's like a cross between The Lost Symbol and I Am Ozzie...in space!"

(Quite seriously, there's a guy out there who's selling, for money, as the secret for how to make a pitch that agents can't resist and that leads to six-figure novel advances, use this formula: "It's like a cross between name-of-bestseller one and name-of-bestseller two, in different location." And ... oops! Now I've told you for free.)
 

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That's a good question right now.
I haven't actually read all of them. Bad me, I know, but I do have one that made me laugh out loud and one that made me go, "Ooo."

I, however, can tell no more than that, as I can't taint the voting.

Also, in an hour or so, I'll be updating the prize list.
 

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You want an idea?

"It's like a cross between The Lost Symbol and I Am Ozzie...in space!"

(Quite seriously, there's a guy out there who's selling, for money, as the secret for how to make a pitch that agents can't resist and that leads to six-figure novel advances, use this formula: "It's like a cross between name-of-bestseller one and name-of-bestseller two, in different location." And ... oops! Now I've told you for free.)

Brilliant! I actually used that formula in my EP! That means I'll get a 6 figure advance for my pitch!

(Seriously, though, isn't this an old old formula? More than ten years ago my agent used to speak of the soandso meets soandso pitch.)
 

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You want an idea?

"It's like a cross between The Lost Symbol and I Am Ozzie...in space!"

(Quite seriously, there's a guy out there who's selling, for money, as the secret for how to make a pitch that agents can't resist and that leads to six-figure novel advances, use this formula: "It's like a cross between name-of-bestseller one and name-of-bestseller two, in different location." And ... oops! Now I've told you for free.)


That was the kinda thing I was going for ( because it encapsulates the book v quick and succinct), but the examples linked earlier in the thread all seemed a different style; like a very short query.

Is either acceptable? Or should I use that as a jumping off point? *dithers*

ETA: *adds 'With Sex!'* to pitch. That'll work, right? :D
 
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I have a great idea for a novel!

You write it and we'll split the money.

Me too! Only my idea is better, and I'm willing to give you 51%. Only you'll have to sign a non-disclosure agreement first so I know I can trust you.
 

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(Quite seriously, there's a guy out there who's selling, for money, as the secret for how to make a pitch that agents can't resist and that leads to six-figure novel advances, use this formula: "It's like a cross between name-of-bestseller one and name-of-bestseller two, in different location." And ... oops! Now I've told you for free.)

I do have one novel that I pitch as, "Oliver Twist becomes Spider-man and fights Godzilla".

That's a bit too many pop-culture references, but it fits so well I keep using the line. Not in any serious query, however. :)
 
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