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EN 227: AYA Literature & Book Pitches


  • You’ll have an answer when someone asks, “What’s this book about?”
  • A good pitch sells the book.
    • The pitch forms the basis for the published cover copy.
    • If you self-publish, you will write that cover copy.
    • You want someone to pick this book up and read it, right?
  • The query process: a query letter to an agent is a book pitch.
    • You need an agent to get published traditionally (ie, with a publishing house).
    • The agent will then use your pitch as the basis for their pitch to publishing houses.
    • This is how the original pitch eventually becomes the cover copy you read on the back of a book.

Industry Standards

  • Word Limit: 300. No longer than one page.
  • Generally (but not limited to) three paragraphs: the hook, the mini-synopsis, and the housekeeping.
  • Thankfully, there’s a formula you can follow.