I pitched Spinning Jenny to alg at Writercon, even though I know she doesn't do YA -- it was mostly for the practice, plus she's a blast to talk to. But while I was struggling to write up my pitch, I kept having ideas.
So here are the five ways I (thankfully) didn't pitch to alg at Writercon...
"Hi, I'm peacockharpy..."
"Why are you bringing those flags into the room?"
"Semaphore!" *strikes a pose*
"Hi, I'm peacockharpy, and my book is Spinning Jenny, a YA paranormal novel of 65,000 words..."
"Why are you dressed in a sheet?"
"Cosplay! I'm dressed as Jenny, the ghost in my novel!"
"Hi, I'm peacockharpy, and my book is Spinning Jenny, a YA paranormal novel of 65,000 words. I practiced my pitch on my daughter. She's three."
"Once upon a time, there was a nice girl named Gillian. But Gillian ran into a baaaaad ghost named Jenny. Jenny was mean and tried to take over Gillian's mind. Gillian was very, very afraid of Jenny..."
"Hi, I'm peacockharpy, and my book is Spinning Jenny, a YA paranormal novel... which I will now pitch to you as a song with interpretive dance."
*turns on CD player, where "Trogdor the Burninator" is cued up*
"Jenny was a girl..."
*pas de chat*
"...well, she was a dead girl..."
"...well, she was a ghost girl..."
*double-jazzhands, with a twist*
"Hauntinating the textile mill,"
"Hauntinating the Hudsons..."
"Ouch! And... no."
*lurches into the room, dreadlocks swinging, rum in hand*
"Hello there, luv. I'm Captain Jack Sparrow, and I'll be pitchin' for peacockharpy.""
"I, um. Nice hair?"
"Thanks, luv. Now, there's this ghost, savvy?" *takes swig of rum* "And she's hauntin' this girl, see -- I'd haunt her too, eh?" *leer* "And she's gettin' in her dreams and making her... see things." *goes unfocused, waves hands at nothing* *rum sloshes across the table* "And there's this textile mill, where..." *looks at glass* "Why has the rum gone?"
"Maybe you need to go back to the bar?"
"Yeah..." *lurches toward the door* "Wait, luv. You gonna buy the book?"
"No. But ... I'll buy you a drink."
*they leave, arm in arm*