The pitch sessions at conferences are always among the most popular. Journalists are constantly on the search for tips and ideas for making the pitch-writing process easier and the outcome more certain.
Here’s some of our best advice.
But distilling hours of research and interviews into five superb paragraphs can get even an eager writer all wound up. Jill adopted a more playful approach to her pitches by writing haiku, something that she loves and that obliges her to find the most interesting point, use simple language, and add some surprise or humor–all in 17 syllables. Give it a try, it will lighten your mood.
Virginia Gewin (bio) has adopted another creative venture: Watching movie trailers and using their mastery of scene, tension, and action to convey the story. Check out her April post for more inspiration on crafting a pitch.
And then you send it. And then you wait. Welcome to the “Pitch Void.” Commiserate with Emily Sohn (bio) and pick up some tips on how to stay calm, endure the silence, and avoid the doubt vortex in her post from January.
And if you’re looking for hints and inspiration for that next pitch, remember to check out the pitch database over at The Open Notebook.
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