I saw this on Twitter a while back. It was a promo for a workshop on honing your elevator pitch:
For starters, it's PenguinRandom House but that's just me being churlish.
And PRH ONLY accepts work through an agent. Even stuff they like.
There are lots of reasons to have a killer elevator pitch, but this is NOT one of them.
Think about it this way: when you're juggling your bag, your conference folder, and you need some coffee, what do you want to hear?
1. Hey Big Shot, my book is about
2. Hey, let me get your coffee while you get organized.
Who do you want hearing about your work?
1. Jet lagged, exhausted editor who hopes the kids haven't burned the house down?
2. Agent who is sitting down, pen in hand, coffee in her favorite mug, looking for something she loves?
This kind of "take advantage of opportunities when they arise" misses the point that someone should be OFFERING you an opportunity. You should not be pouring it over their head.
If we're talking in the coffee line, and I say "hey, what's your book about" THAT is when you need a killer elevator pitch.
In other words, do NOT pitch people who haven't asked you about your book.
This is one step up from the manuscript in the bathroom story, but ONLY one.
Pitching is selling, yourself and your book.
If you are so tone deaf as to pitch me like this, it makes me wonder if you'll be one sending out blurb requests like this.
Happy 5th of July!