I’m looking forward to participating in this year’s PNWA Conference in Seattle, WA, July 22-25. I’ll be taking pitches for both nonfiction and fiction projects, and wanted to take a moment to give you a heads up of what I’m looking for right now in case you’ll be at this conference:
Nonfiction: Exciting and unique projects with a distinctive hook, specifically in lifestyle categories, from emerging authors who are quickly establishing their brand both online and offline.
Something to consider demonstrating to me during your pitch: In this instant-access information age we’re now enjoying, why have you decided that a book is the best way to impart your information (as opposed to say, writing an article for an e-zine or giving the information on your website)?
Fiction: Cozy and comic mysteries: Tightly-crafted plotlines featuring intelligent and relatable female protagonists; hip or charming locales; and quirky, lovable secondary characters.
Women’s fiction: Superbly written stories that go beyond this plotline: woman meets and marries man and gives up her career to live happily-ever-after, woman has 2-3 children, woman finds out man is a cheater/alcoholic/drug abuser, woman divorces/leaves man, woman establishes new life on her own (that may or may not include another lover), woman finds self-actualization. I’m looking for unique storylines (in both serious and light women’s fiction) that may blend genres (but don’t have to). Please, nothing in the light fiction category that would fall under “chick lit.”
Something to consider before your pitch: How does your novel differ from other women’s fiction out there? How is your novel timely or cutting edge? Feel free to bring a page (but please, no more than a page) of your novel to share during your pitch time.