Sunday, April 24, 2011
Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds by Michael Hauge
I bought and read this book because I'm still under the delusion that I will actually sit my but down in the chair and write Bon Secour. And when I do, I'll need to know how to sell it to an agent. This book was written primarily for screenwriters but it is equally applicable to writers of novels.
"The secret of a successful 60-second pitch is to convey the most powerful elements of your story clearly, succinctly and passionately -- to get the buyer emotionally involved enough that he demands to read the script [novel]. . . Don't try to tell your story!" p.1
He shows you how to analyse your story and identify its most powerful elements to build your sales pitch on.
And, if you don't have at least four of the ten elements he write about, you probably don't have a saleable story.
I give this book three stars.