Emily asked me to review one of her drafts for a pitch this week. She is currently pitching a middle grade novel by Lauren Allbright. Called “How to Be Funny”, the novel is about a boy researching exactly that, how to be funny, and includes graphs and drawings.
I noticed a basic structure of the short pitch letter Emily will send out to publishers, hoping for a book deal. The pitch includes a paragraph long synopsis, a word count, a description of the age range/ target market, and similar authors to the manuscript’s style. It also includes a brief biography of the author. That’s it. The letter would fit on one page but is still designed to be attention grabbing. The pitch letter will be attached to an email along with a manuscript.
I’m excited for Emily to send this out to childrens’ publishers like HarperCollins Children and Scholastic. Once an editor at a publishing house makes an offer, there will be a contract negotiation involving things like royalties and an advance. I hope that Ms. Allbright is offered a deal so I get to experience contract negotiation during my internship.
Until next time!