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Writing Wednesday/ Elevator Speeches &Pitches

 

Writing Wednesday

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On Wednesdays I like to share information I picked up along my journey to being published, marketing my first book, editing and preparing to be published again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then…

 

If you like the information I hope you will share it!

 

It is also the first Wednesday of the month and that means it is time to meet with my favorite support group. Every writer needs a support group and one of my favorites (yeah I need several) is the Insecure Writers Support Group [ #IWSG. ] If you need a place to share your insecurities, ask questions or perhaps you have something positive to share with your fellow writers then this is the place for you…

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

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Elevator Speeches/Pitches

 

At a recent workshop, one of the presenters challenged us to stand up and give a 30-second elevator speech or pitch on our writing, business etc…

I volunteered and my speech was awful. It was time to come up with a new one.

Imagine stepping on the elevator at a large writers or blogging conference and standing next to you is one of the best literary agents in the business. It would be normal to feel tongue tied and nervous but these opportunities are few and far between so you should be prepared.

An elevator speech is a 30-60 second summary of your book or your blog. The point of the speech or pitch is NOT to sell anything; the point is to get the recipient to want to know more, to start a conversation with you and to ask you for your contact information.

Have you ever stumbled for words when someone asks you what you do, what do you blog about, what is your book about? I have and it always leaves me feeling so unprofessional.

Coming up with 30-60 seconds that answers who, what, when, why and where is not easy. As uncomfortable as it can be you must practice it out loud until your pitch feels and sounds natural not rehearsed. You also want to have two or three versions so you can adjust for the audience and practice, practice and practice.

Keep in mind that 9 out of ten times while you are trying to sell someone they are not listening to you. They are trying to come up with a way to sell something to you, so you have about 5 seconds to make enough of an impact so they actually listen to you.

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A few tips:

Don’t give spoilers

Don’t go into plots or characters

Give the title and genre

Be enthusiastic

What do you offer?

Present a call to action towards the end

End with a question that requires more than a yes or no to answer

Avoid buzzwords ex: out of the box, streamline, awesome etc…

Try to come up with a word or a phrase that will help the recipient remember your name and the title of your book or blog.

Practice, practice and practice

And finally, smile and be prepared to answer follow-up questions after you give your speech.

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Do you have an elevator speech and if so do you have any tips?

If you give me your best pitch in 140 characters and your twitter user name I will tweet them out throughout the month.

Happy Writing,

Doreen

 

 

 

Blogging Common Sense, Post #400 and supporting the insecure #IWSG

 

Welcome to my June edition of the monthly #IWSG [Insecure Writers Support Group.]

When I think of my blog friends as I am doing a lot of today, this group is right up there as one of my favorites. As the name implies the people in this group are among the most supportive, the most informative and so friendly. If you are feeling a bit insecure with your writing or if you have some words of support to share please join us:

http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

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I am feeling a bit reflective today because this is my 400th blog post!  I started blogging a year before my first book Bristol boyz Stomp was released.  I have learned so much since writing my first post and I am looking forward to continuing to learning more.

I am still trying to catch up and meet some of my writing goals.  I fell way behind due to two significant losses in my life. The good news is I have been waking up early, like 5 a.m. even on my days off, swearing I hear someone whispering in my ear to get up and write.

Because I am feeling secure in my writing this month I thought I would share with you some of the things that have worked, and not worked for me when it comes to blogging.  I ask you to share anything that has worked or definitely not worked for you and your blog.

  • The single biggest lesson I have learned in blogging and in life is that Kindness is the Key. If you need page views, go view pages, if you need comments go leave comments, if you need support go support another blogger and so on.

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  • As a writer I know in order to continue to improve my writing, the best thing I can do for myself and my craft is to read voraciously. Since I have committed to visiting, reading and commenting on at least 5 blog posts a day, my weekly word count has improved drastically. My blog stats have also improved.

 

  • Key Words matter! I think this finally sunk in with me during the A-Z Challenge this year. I spent a lot of time choosing the key words for each post and it sure did pay off. Most of my posts were ranked in the top 5 on Google, 4 of them reaching #1.

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  • Coming from a newspaper background I love doing interviews. Sadly the interview posts I have done received the least comments, most of the time between 0-3, the least shares and the least page views. I want to support fellow writers and continue doing interviews. I need to come up with a fresh version.  Any suggestions??

 

  • Contests have not worked for me either. They don’t work on my Facebook page or on my blog.

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  • My writers group (IRL) friend Kelly Deeny: http://www.kellydeeny.com believes that all creative people can learn from one another [she has a great post up now for improving your writing.] I agree with her and decided to start a feature on my blog that will feature reviewing songwriters and new musicians. Since tweeting this idea about a month ago the music has been filling my inbox. My husband is enjoying the listening.

 

  • Being consistent is another key. When it comes to consistency I struggle but I am determined to improve this over the summer.

I am looking forward to hearing your suggestions. Happy June and I wish you all sunshine and large word counts, this month!

Doreen

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http://www.twitter.com/doreenb8

 

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