Come Practice Your Elevator Pitch With Me! 

I’m super excited to attend the 2018 WIK (Writers and Illustrators for Kids) Conference hosted by the Southern Breeze region of SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). WIK will held in Birmingham, Alabama March 9th – 11th, 2018, and you can learn more about it here:

My 2018 New Year Resolutions include that I will do my best this year to take advantage of every opportunity provided to me for improving my writing and art and network as much as possible with other writers and artists. Since I belong to SCBWI and recently joined Georgia Romance Writers, my cup is over-flowing with prospects and possibilities.  But… since my New Year Resolutions also included breaking-up long-term goals into achievable smaller units, I’ve got my laser pointer trained on that event on the horizon, WIK!

If you’re like me, you get a little tongue-tied around other writerly folk, and hate the dreaded question we all ask each other at any get-together: “What are you working on now?” Ugh. This question is a little like, “How are you?”  No one really wants your whole life story. What they want is for you to cut to the chase and keep it simple. They want your Elevator pitch.

With that in mind, I’m hosting an Southern Breeze Local Liaison event and YOU’RE INVITED!

Here are the details:

10:00am -2:pm, 3/3/18 Saturday, Elevator Pitches and Query Letter Feedback at The Read Law Firm in Olde Town Conyers, 915 Commercial Street, Conyers, Georgia, 30012. Participants will read their elevator pitches and query letters out-loud, and others will give them feedback on how they may improve it. This is a free event, open to the public, so bring your non-SCBWI writing friends. Light refreshments will be served, and you can bring your own lunch, or we will take a collection and order pizza. If you plan on coming, or have questions, email TK Read at

For those of you who are over-achievers and like to bring their “A” game everywhere they go, here are links to resources so you can work on your pitch and query letter before Saturday:

Here are some resources for improving your query letter:

How to Immediately Improve Your Query Letter’s Effectiveness

38 Query Letter Tips from Literary Agents

How Can You Improve Your Query Letter?

The 10 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Query Letter

Here are some resources for improving your elevator pitch:

One Simple Way to Sharpen Your Pitch

5 Steps to Writing a Killer Elevator Pitch for Your Book

How to create an elevator pitch: Novel pitches that sell

Crafting an Elevator Pitch for Your Book

Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch: How to Write a Pitch That Sells Your Story

Hope to see you there! TK