Improve your Pitch or Synopsis thanks to Nano


Did you get the message from Nano HQ this morning about Pitchpalooza with the Book Doctors? I hope you did, because it sounds pretty cool.

They did this last year too, but somehow I missed it. This February I am definitely entering. The idea is that you email them your (less than 200 words) pitch for your novel. The pitch is the synopsis you would use to convince an agent or publisher or reader to want to read your book.

They will randomly select 25 from the pile to review online and the best one gets an intro to suitable agent/publisher. The one that gets most public votes (the Fan’s Fav) gets a free copy of their book and a 20 minute consultation with them on improving their pitch.

All the details are here.

The 25 pitches from last year (and their critiques which are really useful reading) are here.

Yes, we can take part even though we’re in Ireland.

Yes it can be any novel, not just the one you wrote in 2011.

Yes the novel doesn’t have to be complete – although you’d want to be sure of the plot to write the pitch, I think.

It’s one pitch per nano participant.

Deadline is 29th February 2012.

Good luck and let us know if you’re shortlisted so we can all vote for you to become the Fan’s Favourite.

I’m off to finish submitting my Nano2011 novel to Createspace for the free copies. I’ll post How To details here once I’ve completed the process. So watch this space – or better yet, subscribe – press the Sign Me Up button on the top right to get emails when we do a post)

Until next time, happy writing,

Grace (ML for Ireland NorthEast)


About wordfoolery

Grace Tierney is a writer and mother living in rural Ireland. Specialising in a humourous slant thanks to years of reading Wodehouse, Dickens, Pratchett, Brookmyre, and chick-lit galore, her fiction and non-fiction writing has been published internationally and locally in everything from the local paper to anthologies, online media, coffee tins, and glossy magazines in several different countries. She has published three books for writers; “Positive Thoughts for Writers”, “The Writing Contest Expert's Guide to Fiction Contests”, and “The Writing Contest Expert’s Guide to Nonfiction Contests” based on her long-running contest column for Writer Online (available at Grace is currently writing her second chick-lit novel. For more information about Grace’s work see
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