Perfecting Your Pitch & Plotting Your Story | Soraya M. Lane.

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Whether you’re a new writer starting out or an already published author, one thing you have to be good at is pitching. This is as true for someone querying agents as it is for someone already working with an editor? Why? Because pitching doesn’t stop when you sell your first or even your 30th book – trust me, I’m in the thick of writing pitches right now! I’m fortunate to be able to sell ideas at proposal stage, thanks to working with my editors for some time, but if I can’t write a good, short pitch to hook their attention, they’re not going to offer me a new contract.

A few months ago, my editor absolutely shocked me by mentioning how much she loved my pitching style. Having struggled with pitches during YEARS of trying to sell a manuscript, I realized that I had actually come a long way. But it wasn’t through luck, it was from working closely with my agent, reading other pitches, and trying to figure out what hooks I needed to get my editor to bite. Those pitches often inadvertently end up making their way in some shape or form onto my book covers, which is precisely why I always write them as ‘back cover blurbs’.

So in the first part of my OWL workshop, I’m going to work closely with participants through the basic steps of writing a great pitch. By the end of the course, you will have a 2-3 paragraph blurb to use for querying agents/editors, whatever stage of your career you’re at.

In the second part of the course, we’re going to talk about plotting. And before you roll your eyes and tell me you’re a ‘pantser’ (i.e. you prefer to write by the seat of your pants) let me tell you that so was I until very recently. And I kind of still am. But I’ve had to change my process recently (editor’s orders!) and now I’m having to plot my books out chapter by painful chapter. It’s tough, but it saves a lot of work in the end, and makes for a much more streamlined process. It also means that I’m able to deliver the book that I’ve promised in the above mentioned pitch.

I can’t wait to ‘meet’ you all online in March – be prepared to have fun, work hard, and whip that pitch and outline into shape!

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Soraya M. Lane

Amazon Charts bestselling author Soraya M. Lane graduated with a law degree before realising that law wasn’t the career for her and that her future was in writing. She is the author of historical women’s fiction and contemporary romance for Lake Union and St. Martins Press, and her most recent historical novel, Hearts of Resistance, was an Amazon #1 bestseller. Soraya lives on a small farm in her native New Zealand with her husband, their two young sons and an ever-growing collection of four-legged friends. When she’s not writing, she loves to be outside playing make-believe with her children or snuggled up inside reading. Find out more about Soraya and her writing at or or head to and connect with her there.

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