Hello dear Real Writers, I haven't posted in a while as I have been editing manuscripts practically nonstop for the last eight months! It's wonderful that so many people are ready to put their books out there and share their stories, and know that working with an editor is a crucial step (however talented and well-meaning family and friends are!) in that process.
I also taught a class in the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program in April on writing a pitch and query letter and received this terrific review from one of the participants who has written a book with his mother. His comments reflect exactly what I strive to do so I'm glad I succeeded in this class.
So pardon me while I (sort of) sing my own praises!
"My mother and I have been writing our novel for 8 years and we believe in it as much as we've ever believed in anything. We know in our hearts that we have a winner. Yet, we've been trying to create "pitch" materials for about 1 1/2 years and have struggled with mixed results. Chris was able to quickly get us light years ahead of where we were and helped us to create pitch materials that are much better than good. They really capture the essence of the novel. While more polishing may be needed, we now feel very close to the point of being able to make legitimate submissions to agents. It's astounding that she could help us (and the other class members) so well without having read our manuscripts. My hat's off to her and the class was absolutely well worth it."
--Robert G., Young Adult, Maryland
If you're local, I'll be teaching a ten-minute playwriting class at Odyssey this Fall. The catalogue should be up in early August. This class is so much fun. I can't wait!