The Elevator Pitch – So What’s Your Book About?

Writing an elevator pitch should be easy, right? It’s just one sentence, maybe two, the gist, the… For me, it’s the process of condensing 115,000 words into a handful of meaningful, plot-hinging terms. Eek!

But wait, let’s back up. What’s an elevator pitch, you ask? It’s a marketing term used to relay an idea in less than sixty seconds, generally spoken. It’s for when you’re stuck with an agent or publisher in an elevator and have about sixty seconds to sell yourself and your work. That’s the generic reason to have a good pitch, anyway, the reason they told me to have one in grad school. But here’s the thing: I don’t live in New York, L.A,, or London, or anywhere else impressive, and the only elevator I ride in with any regularity is the one going up to the third floor of a medical office building to see my rheumatologist. I won’t be running into a publisher or agent there. So why do I need an elevator pitch? Well, here’s a list.

Someone might ask you…

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#CleaningHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Fifty-Five 7/14: A Pack of Smokes

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! This one is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read, so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works.

I’m sharing again from Cleaning House. The novel is an Appalachian-set Contemporary/ Paranormal Fantasy where the past and the present are blended with a healthy dose of granny magic. The mountains are alive, and a little moonshine can cure what ails you. It’s a little more than two weeks until the release, and I’m stoked!

The Setup: It’s early, and Cent’s run into her friend Betty on the front stoop of their apartment.

     “What is it, six months now?” Cent stood on the bottom step and peered down the street.

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Featured Author: Natsuya Uesugi – grydscaen:dark

Natsuya Uesugi’s newest release, grydscaen:dark, is now available from Page Turner in both print and ebook formats. (Make certain you read to the end to find a great giveaway opportunity)

Book Blurb:  A clandestine meet occurs in the Echelons under cover of darkness where Top Secret intel on the stock market changes hands. The insider tip gets the gothic hacker Jester engaged in a high tech game. Parliament votes to lower harsh stock market regulations fueling the Corporation’s bottom line, a payoff from ministers who were propped up by illegal corporate campaign donations. Ordered by Jester, the teenage hacker Rom infiltrates the largest high volume brokerage house causing wild gyrations in trading. When Jester triggers an insidious stock market payload, all hell breaks loose threatening the pristine City. Will Zoon, the leader of the Triumvirate, get roped into the fray? Can Raven, the government hacker, put the cryptic clues together before the market crashes? Find out in grydscaen:dark. Whose side are you on?

Available at:  Page Turner Press and Media

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#CleaningHouseNovel #1lineWed Gamble

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet #1lineWed post. The theme is gamble, but I’m taking a little poetic license and using its close cousin risk.

   “You take significant risks for this one, but you both love him enough to warrant my indulgence.” Exan’s shadow backed away. “Very well. You may cross him yourselves. I have more than enough to accomplish today.”

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#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 7/11/18 Rejected Affections

Twenty days, less than three week’s until Cleaning House – a Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy is released. This has been the most involved I’ve ever been in the publishing process and, actually, I’m loving it.

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*. I’m sharing again from Cleaning House, which will soon lose its WIP (work-in-progress) status.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 7/11/18: 1+1=2, 7-1=6, 8, meaning 268 words from Cleaning House.

The Setup: Pyre, a fire elemental, has joined Cent, Tess, and Rayne, a water elemental, inside the homestead’s kitchen, and Pyre, it seems, is intent on rekindling an old relationship with Cent. The first paragraph, in yellow, comes from last week’s WIPpet.

     “It was quick, and you left me singed!” Cent raised her arm to swing at Pyre again. “Get outta my way!”

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