The very fun, very charismatic writer Shelley Watters has decided to celebrate a couple of blog and Twitter milestones by holding a contest on her blog: pitch your novel in 140 characters or less to win a manuscript review by literary agent Suzie Townsend of Fine Print Literary Management.
Not only is this a great challenge to us as writers (more on this in a later post), but I love the fact that Shelley encouraged us to bop around to each other’s blogs and websites to comment on them. I look forward to reading everyone’s Twitter pitches and seeing what they came up with.
Here’s mine for “Finding Kate“:
#1 A battle of wits, a war of wills, a stormy romance, a love story, a hate story: the true story of “The Taming of the Shrew”
After hearing feedback from a few other writers (thank you!), it seems that the list is not universally popular. So I went back to my drafts (I had about twenty of them) and pulled out a more conventional, sentence-style pitch for your consideration:
#2 Kathryn the shrew meets her match in willful Sir William. Who will win this battle of wits? And is it winning that matters in the end?
Then I thought I’d throw this one out there. It’s not serious, but I just really like the attitude.
# 3 A reimagining of “The Taming of the Shrew” from Kathryn’s point of view. The shrew had her reasons.
One last possibility, since everyone (as of the morning of 4/2/11) seems to favor #3:
# 4 The real story behind “The Taming of the Shrew” from Kathryn’s point of view. The shrew had her reasons.
FYI, this is a young adult historical fiction novel of about 49,000 words.
I’d love to hear your feedback. I have to post it on Shelley’s website on April 3rd (that’s tomorrow) so hurry!!!