Monday, May 2, 2011

Author develops pitch program for the iPod

This past weekend while attending the 2011 Pikes Peak Writers Conference Award-Winning Author Linda Rohrbough shared with me a new program she's developed and which Apple has turned into an app for the iPod. I thought it was ingenious and wanted to share.

It’s an entirely different set of skills to talk about a book than to write a book.

“Pitch Your Book” teaches a three step plug-and-play formula anyone can use to present their book to an editor or agent, taught in a step-by-step manner with lots of examples.

“Pitch Your Book” features:

· A three step plug-and-play formula to pitch any book, fiction or nonfiction

· Lots of real-world examples

· Principles for successful pitching (including managing fear)

· Over an hour of audio divided into ten short segments

· On-screen text to supplement the audio

· Twenty quick-reference flashcards for key concepts

· Over 100 multiple choice questions to help cement the process.

· Hint/Help function for multiple choice questions

· Detailed answer explanations

Everyone thinks writers are born with a talent to talk to others about their work. But for an author, to boil the experience down to a short statement, or an “elevator pitch,” is nearly overwhelming.

The second big problem is authors are afraid when it comes to talking about their work. So “Pitch Your Book” teaches principles for success, including how writers can make fear their friend, and then use it to move themselves forward.

“Pitch Your Book” is designed to recreate, as closely as possible, a workshop experience for the author where they actually build their own pitch using a simple, three-step formula. In addition, they learn principles for successfully delivering their pitch to agents and editors. Later, they can transfer these same life-long skills for use with potential readers at book signings, bookstore owners, and in media interviews.

Blogger's Note: Yes, it works on the iPhone, ITouch and iPad.

Author Biography:

Linda Rohrbough has been called a nationally recognized consultant on marketing a manuscript. A frequent speaker at writer’s conferences, Linda has been writing since 1989, has more than 5,000 articles and 8 books to her credit, along with national awards for fiction and non-fiction. New York Times #1 bestselling author Debbie Macomber said about her latest novel: "This is fast-paced, thrilling, edge-of-the-seat reading. The Prophetess One: At Risk had me flipping the pages and holding my breath." Visit her website:


Cindy Carroll said...

I think it sounds great. But is it only available for the iPod? Would it work with an iPhone?

Donnell said...

Cindy, I shall ask her and get back with you ;) I thought is sounded pretty cool, too!

ArkansasCyndi said...

I have such a tendency to ramble. Maybe something like this could maybe help me collect and organize my thoughts in a way that is coherent.

But no iPhone. No iPad.

Donnell said...

Checked with Linda and she said...

Yes, it works on the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad.

Mary Marvella said...

Wow! Some folks are so clever. I suspect this one is beyond my skills, though Some folks write fabulous stories. The story I can handle and must read!

Britt said...

I'm like ArkansasCyndi. It sounds like a great idea. BUT no i-anythings. Any chance it can be adapted for the PC?


Donnell said...

Mary, I agree, some folks are clever, and tech savvy... They are what we in the La Brea Tar Pits call evolvers ;)

Britt, no PCs yet that I'm aware of but they are devising one for the Droid.

Just sharing the information here. Seriously, I'd love to see Linda in person. I think she'd give a phenomenal workshop.

Thanks for stopping by.

Maryn said...

I did one pitch at a conference, and decided after never to do another. It was a humbling experience. If anything can get a writer beyond that, I say it's gotta be a good thing.