Wow DeAnna. 34 weeks, one week at a time. One of the “subtext” lessons of this journey has been the power of consistency. We hiked this mountain alone except for the first few weeks. I want to say “thank you” for keeping your commitment to reach the summit.
The Pitch: I did the exercise. Maass’s book adds value mostly because of the exercises. No ivory tower theory for him: “Just do the work,” he seems to say. I appreciate that he goes right to the point: a pitch is a business communication. Keep it brief, simple, and incorporate a hook. He gives an example of how a 173 word pitch produced a six figure advance.
Here’s the unedited product of the timed 5 minute exercise:
This is a “near speculative fiction” piece about a U.S. corporate executive living in L.A., who is on a journey to claim her destiny as a reformer of the Catholic Church. She will become the first woman pope [“Momma Magdalena I:]. She must confront corrupt Church officials and the Mafia. Her election as “Momma,” occurs as the Church is about to implode under its own weight of corruption. To save it, a desperate College of Cardinals elects its arch-enemy and primary reformist: Celeste Ryan.
[about 96 words]
As Maass suggests, I’ll revisit this “pitch” in a few days, and see if i can cut it to 50 words.
Many thanks again DeAnna. I too wish you “Happy Writing,” but sign off, as I always do, with “Keep Writing!”