I Always Love a Contest to Pitch my Book…

As I wrap up my final re-read and contemplate how to move forward with self-publishing and a last round of queries, I can’t help but enter a pitch contest. You know, if it could really all be so easy as to submit a 35 word pitch and the first 150 words of my book and then kaboom– agent/published/hurray. I guess the little kid part of me knows it happens for someone, so it might as well be me.

Information on this latest pitch contest can be found here. Per usual, I’m not over-thinking my entry because I question whether it is worth much of an effort, however, I will share in hopes you will consider entering as well!

My 35-word pitch: 

After a jarring miscarriage, Jake and Kristen embark on separate journeys. Kristen departs for Europe in search of independence, while Jake sets off on a cross-country adventure. Torn between old and new, they must choose.

The first 150 words of my manuscript:

It began as a drop. One smooth drop of blood running down her pale thigh. She touched the moisture with her fingers and looked to see the crimson stain on the back edge of her beige, linen skirt. Aware of her coworkers in the neighboring cubes, she fought the urge to fall to her knees and cry in the small break room. She clutched her glass water bottle tighter, careful not to let it crash to the ground. Her heart ached. Dizzyness followed. She needed to sit.

The cessation of pregnancy symptoms left her in denial, the nausea gone, the sore breasts once again pliable. She read on the internet it could be a sign of miscarriage but did not know what to believe. She refused to call the doctor, unwilling to shatter the illusion. It made her happy to imagine a child growing inside her. A dull ache echoed…

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8 thoughts on “I Always Love a Contest to Pitch my Book…

  1. Very powerful opening scene…I’m ready to read more!

  2. jeffo says:

    Best of luck to you, Olivia!

  3. Tanya says:

    Your talent and drive continuously inspire me! (I need to get cracking!). Love you and miss you (just caught up on my Olivia blog reading, good for the soul!).

  4. bwtaylor75 says:

    I’m so glad you’re entering! I think you nailed the pitch–short but meaningful and not a wasted word. It isn’t easy to do. Your opening backs up the pitch and entices readers which is a good thing. I bet you get a few requests for more during the contest. Best of luck!

    • oliviaobryon says:

      Thanks! I’m not holding my breath, but it’s a fun distraction, I’m glad you shared on your blog, I never would have known! And, good luck to you as well 🙂

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