Friday, March 25, 2011

Contest: Pitch it to us!

We are all gearing up for our pitch sessions at LDS Storymakers and wanted to share the fun with our writer friends. So we here at INKING CAP are holding our 1st ever contest!!

Step up to the Pitching mound and throw us a fast ball. The Inkers want to hear your best elevator pitch. The more the merrier so don't be shy, send this contest to all of your friends. It's a great way to prepare for a meeting with an agent or editor or future queries.

The contest goes something like this:
Step 1: Become a follower.
Step 2: In the comments leave your elevator pitch (30 seconds or less to read out loud. For tips on writing a good pitch check out Kristen Nelson's workshop.)
Step 3: The Inkers will review all of the pitches and pick our favorite 3.

1st Place
An exclusive, highly coveted invitation to attend our April writer's group meeting (tentatively planned for April 26th. Lots of treats involved). You will get to practice your full pitch with all of us, including Sir-Kirk-a-lot!(He's a Senior Editor in case you didn't know. We have 3 professionals in the fields of publishing, PR, and writing and 3 genius critiquers in our group, for those who don't know us personally.) If you live out of state or too far away to join us, we will work out a conference call or google video feed. Ask Inker Arlene from Reno how well that works out. (She's still with us after 2 1/2 years.)
Also if you choose, we will review your first 10 pages. (Not all Inkers may be available for critiquing and feedback depending on scheduling, but we will give you at least 3 reviews.)

2nd Place
You win a review of your first 5 pages. (If we pick your pitch, then it must be a story we want to know more about so we'll critique it and give you our best feedback.)

3rd Place
Wins a first page review and critique.

It's all for fun. You have until 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 31,2011 (MST)to submit your pitch and get in the running.

Winners will be announced on Monday, April 4th!!


  1. Sounds like a really cool idea. Good luck!

  2. Thanks, Josh. I know you have a ton of writing friends so be sure to pass along the contest. We'll see you at Storymakers.

  3. What a fun, fun blog and contest! You guys are totally rockin' the ninja vibe and I *LOVE* it!

    Okay, ahem. Let's see if I can do this, I've been working on the query pitch which doesn't quite work like an elevator pitch. so um .... here goes . . .

    My YA dark paranormal, Become is about sixteen-year-old Desolation Black. Raised in Hell, dreaming of Heaven, Desi never thought she’d have any kind of choice, at all. But when everything she holds dear is threatened, she chooses to Become something neither Heaven nor Hell expected.

    And yeah. There you got! I shall tweet and FB the contest! Keep on kickin', ninjas!

  4. Dude - sucks to go after Ali - whose awesomeness knows no bounds ;O


    My young adult paranormal romance, Insight, is about Micah, who sees a piece of someone's future when she touches them. It's a gift she has no control over, making high school rough, and friends impossible. Three visions change Micah's life. One from her mom of a man, one from a boy, of herself, and an accident involving one of the three. But as she desperately works to fix the circumstances surrounding a death, she realizes she may have just become the cause.

    - funny, I swear this looked WAY shorter in word ;)

    Fun idea guys!

  5. How fun! I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with. You guys look like you have so much fun together! :D I'm definitely you now! :)

  6. Ideal High is anything but. It's a place where cliques and bullies flourish, but also a place with a student body president determined to make things right. This YA Contemporary novel is about a girl named Taryn who must set aside her own pain to lift an entire school out of theirs.

    Great contest!

  7. Yay! I'm loving what's zinging in! Come on, People! I know there are more of you out there. Keep 'em coming!. :)

  8. Thanks for the practice!

    When every best friend dies, 17 year-old Angelica Savage must continue living as normal as a girl can who is marked a serial killer.

  9. When faced with a New York publisher I'm sure I would be the mouse that only squeeks about spark plugs, so thanks for the great practice.

    Elder John Miller had always planned on serving a mission. It was simply part of the natural progression of things—you go on a mission, come home, get married in the temple, have a great life. As a missionary in Peru John never doubted he was in the right place at the right time, backed by the Lord one hundred percent. What he hadn’t counted on was coming home early, and how a mission continues changing you long after you’re released.

  10. Junia has always been high-spirited and up for anything new, but when she and her college roommate go hiking over spring break she finds herself in more trouble than she can handle. The morning after they see a huge UFO they are kidnapped by ….Well, that’s the mystery, isn’t it? They are taken far away and told they know too much to ever return to their home again. Junia is desperate to get back to her family at any cost, but then she finds out the truth about those she is really living among. And just to complicate matters, she falls in love along the way….

  11. Great work everyone. Chantele, Robbin, Bonnie Mom, Jolene, Ali, Valerie and Taffy it's good to see all of you here and I hope you'll stick around to share the laughs and keep us sane.