More Five Word Pitches

  • By: Jessica Faust | Date: Jul 24 2007

Wow! Last week’s post on What I Learned at RWA certainly had people talking. And I loved it! Believe it or not I read through all of your posts and was really impressed. Some of you nailed the five word pitch making me very confident that you’ll be able to nail the book as well. Others will need some work. Keep in mind that pitching the book in five words not only sells it to an agent, but is also the way the agent will sell to the editor, the editor to the publisher and eventually the publisher to the readers. Those five words can make a big difference and just to prove my point I have another little exercise for you. Pitch your favorite book. Not one that you’ve written, but one that you read and loved. If you don’t have a favorite pitch the most recent book you’ve read. In five words, no more than one sentence, I want you to make our other blog readers hungry to pick this book up. And to keep in challenging don’t reveal the title just yet. Let those commenting guess for a while before making the reveal.

I can’t wait to see what you have to say and just to start things off…

Can an Earl’s daughter save her servant from murder charges while preventing herself from falling in love?

–Jessica

29 responses to “More Five Word Pitches”

  1. Avatar Kate Douglas says:

    From a book I read on the plane on the way to Dallas for RWA:

    A rape victim and a wounded cop find love and the power to heal in a small California town.

  2. If you don’t have a favorite[,] pitch the most recent book you’ve read.

    Aren’t you afraid you’ll get fifty bazillion pitches for Harry Potter 7?

    *ahem*

    Bickering witches fight tyrannical elves.

  3. Avatar Tammie says:

    A woman spends months searching for a daughter that wasn’t hers.

  4. Avatar Kim Lionetti says:

    A former slave is haunted by the ghost of the daughter she killed in an effort to bring her freedom.

  5. Avatar Lesley says:

    Saving the world, one horcrux at a time.

    Yeah…I have too many favorites to chose from, so I had to go with the most recent. 😀

  6. Avatar Dave says:

    “A love story in the land of fairies, witches, ghosts and Stardust.” I read this before I gave it to my nephew’s 10 year old daughter. I shouldn’t admit to reading love stories. I might get my “man-card” revoked.

    Before that was “Climb a giant redwood and discover another world 600 feet above the ground.” That was Richard Preston’s The Wild Trees.

  7. Avatar Angelle says:

    A Duke’s son must choose – to see the future and rule the universe or an ordinary life with the woman he loves.

  8. Avatar Jill James says:

    Possessed tools of murder terrorize a small lakeside town.

  9. Avatar Michelle says:

    I’m still thinking of a pitch, but have to respond to yours, Jessica, as I’m in the middle of reading it right now and I’m LOVING IT:

    The Leopard Prince, by Elizabeth Hoyt.

  10. Avatar jfaust says:

    Yes! My pitch worked. Thanks Michelle I’m glad you recognized it. I really loved it too.

    –jhf

  11. “To Kill a Mockingbird Meets Anne Boleyn.”

    “If Scout Finch were an Earl’s Daughter.”

  12. D’oh, I thought we were supposed to get the provided pitch down to five words.

    I misunderstood.

    Now THERE’s a first…

  13. How about the pitch David Mamet used to get 20th Century Fox to greenlight the script for his “killer grizzly bear” movie, The Edge.

    “Jaws with claws.”

    Doesn’t get much more basic than that.

  14. “Guard reluctantly executes innocent healer”

  15. A book I was SO excited to pick up at RWA:

    Soccer mom fights demons from Hell and her past.

  16. Avatar Tammie says:

    Robert is that Green Mile?

  17. You’re right, Tammie! Shouldn’t I get some kind of prize or something?

  18. Avatar Tammie says:

    Yea!

    I think I gotta redo mine. Too blah.

  19. Avatar Wednesday says:

    Child commanders defeat an alien invasion.

  20. “Child commanders defeat an alien invasion.”

    This is a book? It sounds like my kids, every time I try to get them to pick up their rooms!

  21. Avatar spyscribbler says:

    When a demon and an angel fall in love, they must destroy each other, or their love will destroy humanity.

  22. Child commanders defeat an alien invasion.

    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

  23. Avatar Kate Douglas says:

    Btw, mine was Whispering Rock by Robyn Carr, part of the Virgin River series. Love that series!

  24. Avatar JDuncan says:

    Factions battle to rule a kingdom while a greater enemy threatens their lands.

    JDuncan

  25. Avatar Wendy Warren says:

    After learning to rely only on herself, a young woman must choose between two unexpected loves–the boy she adored years ago or the lover who promises the moon, but is keeping dangerous secrets.

  26. Avatar Emilie says:

    With a gun in his hand, an abuse victim takes revenge while giving another victim a way out.

  27. Avatar Conduit says:

    Stockbroker’s life destroyed by politics.

  28. A banished champion returns to save his young queen, to do so he must find the blue flower held captive by a troll.

  29. Avatar Teddy Pig says:

    A brain implant for internet access allows hackers to replace you.

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