Tamera Alexander this week/How to Pitch

» Posted on Sep 17, 2007 in Blog | Comments Off on Tamera Alexander this week/How to Pitch

The winner of Sushi for One? by Camy Tang is Stacey. Congratulations!!!
This week I’m interviewing Tamera Alexander. She has invited everyone to come to her website for her current contest. She is giving away boxed sets of Fountain Creek Chronicles (Rekindled/ Revealed/ Remembered). This is a great opportunity not to get just one book but three so go to Tamara’s website.

TAMERA ALEXANDER is the bestselling author of Rekindled, Revealed, and Remembered, the three-part Fountain Creek Chronicles historical series with Bethany House Publishers. Alexander’s books have won multiple awards, including Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA®, the 2007 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, 2007 Bookseller’s Best, and Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006.

Tamera and her husband, Joe Alexander, have two college age children, a seven-pound Silky named Jack, and make their home in Tennessee. Tamera is currently working on her fourth novel, part of another three-book historical series with Bethany House which is set in the Rocky Mountains of the Colorado Territory.

ACFW conference is only three days away!
I am attending the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference in Dallas at the end of the week. This is a great opportunity to pitch to editors and agents in the Christian market. Below are some tips on what to do when you are pitching to an editor or agent.

How to Pitch

One of the most important reasons to go to a conference is to pitch to an editor and/or agent. Many CBA publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. This is a good way to get yourself before an editor you have targeted.

1. Know who you are pitching to (what kind of books do they publish, what are they looking for)

2. Prepare the pitch and practice (with a friend, in front of a mirror)

3. Be professional in dress and manner (don’t expect an editor or agent to take your manuscript at the meeting)

4. Prepare questions you may have for the editor or agent (This is especially for an agent–they are working for you and you need to be able to work with them.)

5. Anticipate questions and practice answers (go over questions about your characters’ goals, motivation and conflict, know the audience you are writing for, be able to tell an editor what kind of book you are writing–what genre it fits in)

6. Get a business card, if possible

7. Make notes after meeting (to help you remember–at conferences you meet so many people that you want to keep things straight. The best way is to make notes.)

8. Breathe, smile and have fun!