Life Cycle Of A Writer: Speaking in public – tips needed!

I’ve been making an effort to be brave lately, entering more competitions and generally putting my writing work out there more. Only it’s possible I’ve been too brave as last week I found out I’m a finalist in the London Book Fair Author HQ Write Stuff event. It involves a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to a panel of agents. 


The last time I spoke in public was in March when I received the Katie Fforde bursary and the trophy toppled (you can see it starting to tumble in this picture) mid speeches. So I’m asking for any tips to help me with my pitch? What would you include in your two minutes if you were asked to pitch your latest novel?


Catherine x


5 thoughts on “Life Cycle Of A Writer: Speaking in public – tips needed!

  1. Ooo. First of all, huge CONGRATS, Catherine!. Advice, well, imho, I would just be you and believe in your work (is got to be good to have got this far). If you’re passionate, though, and want your book to be ‘right’. I would definitely make sure that they know you are always ready to take their advice on board to make it right. WhooOOP! Go you! 🙂 xx

  2. I agree with Sheryl. And your wonderful personality and enthusiasm will not only add to the pitch, but will bring a certain Catherine Miller Sparkle to the proceedings 🙂 Wish I could be there to support you, I really do. Believe in yourself, believe in your novel and enjoy the experience. You’re going to be great xxx

  3. Gosh … well, first off many, many congratulations. Two minutes probably sounds like no time at all, but in front of a panel it could feel longer. So, advice? Everything I say should be qualified by the fact that I have never pitched like this myself! Sell your novel in a sentence, referencing best sellers if you can: Gone with the Wind in space type thing. Mention your inspiration if there’s an unusual story there, and tell them something personal and unusual about you, or how you wrote the book? And as others have said: be yourself, try to enjoy it and you’ll be perfect.

  4. Practice! And practice OUT LOUD. The twins arnt too savage as critics so you should be OK.
    Work out what you want to say, and keep it as brief as you can – without losing anything you consider essential.
    By practicing out loud, you will get a feel for the rhythm of the words.

    Good luck. You WILL be fine!

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