Writing Can Be Murder

October 3, 2007

The Wind-Up and…well this isn’t the pitch

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 7:22 pm

I freaking LOVE this book!!!!!

I’m pitching my novel STOLEN this week. I’ve been practicing my pitch on everyone I know. The problem is that the pitch I’m practicing, is not the pitch I’ll actually be using. When I say to a friend, or acquaintance, or stranger in an elevator, “Can I tell you about the book I wrote?” I fully intend to use my “professional pitch” but I’m so enamored with this book (and trust me, I’m rarely this enthusiastic about my own work, but I really love this book) that I give them my “I love it!” speech instead.

So in the interest of getting the “I love it!” speech out of my system I’ll post the gist of it (which I tend to tell in a breathless rush) here:

“So I wrote this  novel STOLEN and I just love it! I can’t tell you how many times I freaked myself out while writing the scary scenes.

Anyway, it’s about this woman, Emily, who was kidnapped fifteen years ago, and now it looks like her kidnapper has returned and that her little sister could be his next victim. The kidnapper/murderer is closing in and Emily, who’s sort of an empowered woman-in-jeopardy, has got to unravel the mystery surrounding her own kidnapping with the help of  three guys, an ex-FBI agent who failed to catch this creep in the past, the town sheriff who she had a crush on when they were kids, and the guy who saved her from the kidnapper fifteen years ago.

It’s got screwed-up families, and suspense, and romance, and it’s all about the secrets people keep, and the choices they make, and how they can come back to bite you in the ass. Wanna read it?”

I sound like a blathering idiot, don’t I?

Somehow I’ve got to figure out a way to be enthusiastic AND professional. Wish me luck!

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6 Comments »

  1. No seriously – pop a Sudafed and give this pitch. If you’re enthusiastic about it, an agent or editor will be too.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — October 4, 2007 @ 7:24 am

  2. LOL, don’t tempt me!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 4, 2007 @ 9:06 am

  3. This was great, Jen! It totally works. I’m so thrilled that you’re this excited!!!!!! I can’t wait to read it.

    Comment by Cyndi — October 4, 2007 @ 10:00 pm

  4. Emily is the most compelling character… she’s what made me keep turning those pages… I’m so glad you’re excited about this book, because that WILL transfer to agents,editors, readers!! I can’t wait to read the rest of it (Chap 8 through finish) and start doing my Cherokee Rain Dance to the publishing gods….

    Comment by Laura Green — October 8, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  5. Emily is the most compelling character… she’s what made me keep turning those pages… I’m so glad you’re excited about this book, because that WILL transfer to agents,editors, readers!! I can’t wait to read the rest of it (Chap 8 through finish) and start doing my Cherokee Rain Dance to the publishing gods….

    Comment by Laura Green — October 8, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  6. LOL Laura, is that a gentle nudge to send you the rest? Will do!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 8, 2007 @ 12:51 pm


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