Another great moment was that Kristin Nelson and I presented a query workshop. Now let me just tell you: I was color commentary. Kristin had put the hard work in, prepping an amazing power point presentation, but again, what made this particular two hour workshop so satisfying was the “hands on” element. We spent time helping various writers hone their high concept pitches, and there is just something amazing—having spent months behind your desk—about digging into the trenches and having personal face-time with writers. This pitch work also caused me to think about my own pitching: Even when we teach, we are not immune to examining ourselves. I thought about my clients’ books, my own series. It was a great exercise in delving into what makes a pitch truly work. Some thoughts? In creating your one sentence high-concept statement:
Me: "OK, students! Take a look at this amazing power point presentation on the concept of irony which I have taken massive amounts of time to prepare for you!" (The screen in front of the class goes black and there's a message in 48-point font:
How to Create Amazing Original Powerpoint Presentation Slides ..
A very informative presentation on everything you wanted to know about jewelry and you didn’t have the opportunity to ask. After this amazing power point presentation – which will cover a very broad range of the world of jewelry and precious stones – you will have your chance to bombard us with questions and guess what – we will not leave until we answer all of them! (This presentation is conducted in the space of your organization, school, adult community, women’s club, Church group, Kiwanis club, Art fairs, etc.)