Monday, October 15, 2012

Pitch Live! ( My First Vlog Ever)

Happy Monday! Today I'm trying something new. My very first vlog. I thought it was time to give it a whirl and Brenda Lee Drake is hosting a Pitch Live event on her blog. I've always stuck to written queries because I'm a writer. My thoughts come out much better via the written word, so trying  to pitch a story live is uber hard in so many ways.

Like trying to pitch an entire story in two minutes! I had to keep my eye on the clock while trying to get the gist of the story across while hoping I don't look and sound like a complete goof. lol

But what the hay?! Sometimes you gotta get your feet wet.

So without further ado, I give you my pitch for my recent story The Desiree.
                                                                                                        YA Romance with a twist
                                                                                                        61K words


Yeah I know. Waaay to many "ums." Oy.

BTW I had a blast at this year's Witches Ball and I'll have some pictures for my next post. The theme this year was ALTER EGO.  I combined two alter egos (and won the prize for funniest). Can you guess what I went as for alter ego? I'll reveal with my next post. :)

Also, the winner of Laurel Garver's new book Never Gone is Nutschell Windsor! Congrats! And thanks to all who commented and entered the contest.

Thanks for stopping by!

40 comments:

Susan Roebuck said...

What a good idea - how did you remember it all?!!!!! It's great seeing what you look like (fantastic, of course). Oh, the "ummmms" are part of our natural speech patterns so there's nothing wrong with that and they don't interfere with the pitch. If I was an agent, I'd take it !

Old Kitty said...

Awww PK!!! Awwwww I felt for you at the end when you were all "thank you, thank you" YOU DID GREAT!! I didn't even notice the "uhm.." and was totally engrossed with the story and I was like - please read out a chapter or three cos I'd love to hear it!!!

Yay!!!!!

Take care
x

Kyra Lennon said...

Great job! I love the concept of your story so much!

S.P. Bowers said...

What a great idea for practicing the pitch. I'll have to do that if I ever get to go to a conference.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think you did great! And you sound so young. (That's a good thing though.)

LM Preston said...

Love your Vlog :-D you did wonderful!

Suzi said...

Great job! I was too chicken to try this. :)

Libby said...

So sorry! I tried to listen but the volume isn't working for me. From the other comments, I'm assuming it's my computer. Good luck though!

Katherine Ernst said...

That was one of the most fluent pitches I've seen! Watching it really felt like I was having a conversation with you. Also, what an interesting concept. I think you have very good chances in this contest. ;) #26

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You brave woman! I was too big of a chicken to pull out the camera and give it a try!
(Great job, by the way)

John Krissilas said...

Hi PK,

Congrats on your first video, and I really loved the concept of this story! The old movie theatre that's about to shut down, and the insomniac that speaks in old movie lines—great! Sounds like a very heart-warming coming of age story for both of the MCs... and a pretty intriguing mystery, too.

Great job!

John Krissilas, #40
http://www.johnkrissilas.com/

Stephanie said...

You took the same approach as I did...just tried to be myself and talk about my book...nothing fancy...no special effects! :) Great job!! :)

Barbara Watson said...

Brave of you to vlog! As of yet, I'm too wimpy to try.

Katrina Sincek said...

The "ums" were perfectly fine. It was like I was sitting down with you hearing about the book, and it sounds great! You have a really tight pitch, and the idea of an old movie theater is pretty neat. Good job!

Johanna Garth said...

So awesome! You did a great job and I love the snowboarding Winter Olympics theme.

Jay Noel said...

Great vlog!

So sorry about getting through The Desiree so slowly. Work is kicking my butt. I've been all over the Midwest in my car.

I haven't written/edited anything in a MONTH. Hopefully things will settle down a bit. I promise to finish it!

Laura Hughes, MittensMorgul said...

It sounds like an interesting story. I love a good mystery, and it sounds like there's more than one mystery to be solved at the Desiree! Great job!

Sarah J. said...

Great pitch! It was conversational and you had good confidence. Good luck! #41

myupsndowns said...

I think you did a great job. This was my first vlog too and it was definitely tough for me! Sounds like an awesome story! :)

#35

Carrie-Anne said...

I can really relate to a character who's temporarily in a leg brace, since I've had 4 leg surgeries, one on my Achilles heel too. I also love that there's an antique movie palace, and it hit kind of close to home with the agoraphobia, since my so-called fiancé also suffers from it and is getting worse.

I'm #8.

LTM said...

Hey! Look at you! This is awesome! And wow. That story sounds totally cool! I like the old movie lines and agoraphobia! Sounds totally cool.

Yay!!!

Good luck w/your vlog, and witches ball--FUN! :o) <3

Authoress Anonymous said...

Great concept with lots of potential drama. Love it. Good luck! #29

Scarlett and James said...

The pitch certainly worked for us!

Karen lee Hallam said...

Cool, deserted vintage theater, insomnia, mystery. Sounds delightful. Good Luck! Oooh--what are The Desiree's secrets? How do they tie in. Must read. :))

Brianna Shrum said...

Love it!!! I love te old theater angle (lends amazing atmosphere already) and she's a Colorado girl! Woo; me too! Really, I would read this in a heartbeat. Good luck.

Livia said...

GREAT and INTRIGUING pitch. I love the theatre twist.

Wonderful vlog. You did amazing :)

jamieayres.com said...

I love watching all these vblogs today! You look great and sound wonderful, even with all the 'ums' . . . which I, um, have a habit of doing too! And not to mention my hands would be flying everywhere for no reason if I did one of these things, lol!

Ellie Heller said...

I totally get the 'um' thing! Lots of good things going on here, hope you get a 'yes'!

#32

Robin Weeks said...

Love a good mystery--especially when it's a romance! :) Also, old theaters probably have lots of great cubby holes to hide secrets in, so I'd love to dig for answers there!

Good luck!

Ink in the Book said...

I love it:)

Stacey Nash said...

Its nice to hear the voice of someone I recognize from other contests. Good luck!

erica m. chapman said...

LOVE this!! I'm such a huge YA Romance fan!! I love the idea of an agoraphobic being a love interest AND snow boarding and A vintage movie theatre. YES!! WELCOME to the agent round. Congrats!!

Rachel said...

The hero's flaw is intriguing. Good job!

Barbara said...

You did so well!

Jeremy Bates said...

You're quite the cutie when you're nervous. lol But all in all the ms sounds interesting and I bet it doesn't have one "um" in it. Good vlog for a first timer. Be encouraged! Cheers.

Kathryn Rose said...

LOOK HOW ADORABLE YOU ARE!!! LOVE how well you pitched this in just two minutes! Love Stevie and Knox.

alexia said...

Great job! I tried to vlog once and soon gave up - it was unfathomably terrible.

fOIS In The City said...

PK, how delightful to see you live and in action. Sorry for the long delay in commenting. I'm still playing catch up with my emails and blogs.

I hope this is only the first of many vlogs from you ... and in case I haven't mentioned it before ... love the new layout of the blog. Write on ... your story sounded like a page turner :)

William Kendall said...

Good to see you talk, PK!

Donna Yates said...

You did great, Pk! And great description.