Archive for the ‘KWA PRACTICE PITCHES’ category

SPUR-OF-THE-MOMENT CHALLENGE

August 26, 2012

This video is the last in a three-part series on pitches filmed at the Kansas Writers Association meeting where members were challenged by president, H. B. Berlow, to pitch their books in  one minute. Authors had ten minutes to prepare and practice their pitches, then they allowed  Keyhole Conversations  to film their efforts.

Our last authors to pitch their books are Diane Roads, Wes Brummer, and Kae Bartelheimer.

About Diane Roads

Diane Roads lives in Kansas with her husband. One of her biggest passions is her School Supply Ministry through her church. She knows young writers can’t be inspired without pencil and paper. Her second passion is in her writing. She had been to eleven schools by the fifth grade, and that in itself made writing a challenge. With amazement, she dared to dream when she wrote her first book, Only the Dog Knows. Using her dog Emmy as a role model, she borrowed pages from her life story and started to write, and she hasn’t stopped. An avid reader of mysteries, Diane gains support and encouragement with her writing from the Kansas Writers Association. No, she has never jumped out of an airplane, but would love to go up in a hot air balloon.

About Wes Brummer

Born in 1955, Wes Brummer grew up in Kingman, Kansas, watched children’s television programs, including shows such as Freddy Fudd and Major Astro, and made up time travel adventures. His first published story was a fantasy called “The Prophet,” which appeared in the Hutchinson Junior College magazine.

Along with the stories he saw on television, Wes was raised on stories of his family’s struggles during the Great Depression told to him by his mother. His current work in progress, Flowers in the Dust, is a historical novel which examines life on a Depression era poor farm and how one young woman seeks to provide some cheer in the bleak existence of the residents.

About Kae Bartelheimer

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A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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THE TEN MINUTE CHALLENGE

August 13, 2012

This video is the second in a new three-part series on pitches that were filmed at the KWA meeting when H. B. Berlow, our president, threw out a spur-of-the-moment challenge for members to pitch their books in one minute.  Authors had ten minutes to prepare their pitch. They then allowed Keyhole Conversations to video their efforts.

Our next two authors pitching their books are Conrad Jestmore and Darin Elliott.

About Conrad Jestmore

Conrad Jestmore has published short stories, poetry and non-fiction in numerous journals and anthologies, and is a Past-President of the Kansas Authors Association. His first novel, River of Murder is available as an e-book from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.Com, and the publisher, Smashwords.com. He has earned gainful employment as a welfare case worker in the mountains of northern California, an elevator operator when elevators still had them, a bartender, a paint warehouse stocker, a USO performer and a high school teacher. He is a Reiki Master and currently teaches Reiki classes and heals both humans and animals in his central Kansas Reiki practice.

About Darin Elliott

Darin Elliott works as a Laboratory Technician for Leading Technology Composites.  Married for the past twelve years to his wife Misti, he is the father of three children and grandfather to one grandson (with another on the way).  Darin writes in the science fiction and horror genres with a style reflective of Clive Barker and Philip K. Dick. Darin is pitching The Seraphim Protocol.

His writing methods can be found at his literary blog Webgoji’s Ramblings.

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A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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WRITERS ON THE SPOT

July 30, 2012

What do you write? Whether the question comes from the person next to you in the grocery line or from an agent or editor at a conference, a brief description of your book that grabs attention may result in a sale or a contract.

Having made several pitches at recent conferences, H.B. Berlow, president of the Kansas Writers Association, shared his experience and knowledge of standard and high concept pitches at KWA’s July 21st meeting. After a brief presentation of the elements of pitching to agents and editors, he threw out a spur-of-the-moment challenge for members to pitch their book in one minute. Authors had ten minutes to prepare their pitch. They then allowed Keyhole Conversations to video their efforts.

Our hats are off to those seven authors who were put on the spot and brave enough to respond to the challenge.

This video is the first in a new three-part series on pitches that were filmed at the KWA meeting. Our first two authors are Makayla Yokley (writer of  steam punk novels) and April Pameticky (writer of young adult fantasy).

About Makayla Yokley

Makayla Yokley is a sophomore at Butler County Community College. She recently published The Ruby Curse, her first  steam punk novel. Visit her website here

About April Pameticky

April Pameticky received her MFA from WSU in 2006 and became swirled up in the Wichita vortex.  The birth of her daughter has given her new eyes, and her day-gig as a middle school teacher keeps her fresh and grounded.  While she enjoys writing for her middle school audience, her first love is poetry.  Her work can be seen in Mikrokosmos, Naked City, Chiron Review, and Poetry4theMasses.  Her first chapbook collection, Sandriver and Other Places I’ve Been, is currently under consideration at Finishing Line Press. She is also working on a YA paranormal suspense novella, Whirling Waters.  Read more and see samples of her work.

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A standard pitch includes the book’s title and genre, a hook (point that grabs the audience), a cliff hanger, and an indication of where the book fits with others that have been published. All of this must be presented in one minute or less. Listen for these points as you watch the video.

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