NCWA welcomes Edie Melson from The Write Conversation concludes her three part series about conferences.
- Your picture – I know, I hate to have my picture taken and I always hate how it looks. But, in this business you need to be remembered and recognized and your picture is the best and easiest way to do that. If someone has a card with your picture on it, they’ll remember who you are months longer than if it’s just got your name. Also, it’s harder to throw away a card with a picture on it than a card with just text on it.
- The name you use when you write – if you use a psuedonym, be sure it’s on the card. Here’s an example (I just made up the names – they’re not representative of a real person): Susie Stone, writing as Catherine Milo.
- Your email address – this is going to be the main way others will contact you.
- Your website or blog address – never pass up the opportunity to encourage new visitors to your sites. Also, many people will follow up on what you’ve told them and this will be a way for them to get to know you better.
- Cell phone number – this isn’t absolutely necessary, but it helps if your email goes down and someone has a hot lead for you.
- Your tag line or hook should make the editor or agent ask to hear more about your project (this is the time for the elevator pitch).
- The elevator pitch should lead them to ask for your one sheet.
- Your one sheet or pitch sheet should lead them to ask you to send them a proposal when you get home.
- Your proposal should lead them to ask you to send them your entire manuscript.
- Your entire manuscript should lead them to offer you a contract.
- tag line or hook – this is one sentence, preferably 15 words or less. It should NOT be a synopsis of your book, but rather it’s to intrigue the editor/agent and make them want to know more.
- elevator pitch – this should be short, around 45 seconds. It will sound a lot like back cover copy or what is on your one sheet. Again, it’s to make the editor/agent ask to see more.
- one sheet or pitch sheet – this gives the blurb about your book, information about yourself (bio) and general info, like genre and audience for your project. If it’s fiction, it states that the project is finished. If it’s non-fiction it gives a completion date if the project is unfinished
This is just a general overview of what is needed. If you have specific questions, feel free to post your question in the comments section.
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Edie Melson has years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer and the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference which will take place on May 20 – May 24, 2012.
Visit her website for writers, www.thewriteconversation.com and look for her best-selling eBook, Social Media Marketing for Writers, as well as her devotional, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle.