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How to present the best pitch possible! Here's a usable, workable guide to selling your script, story or idea to the 'powers that be.' The Guidelines prepare writers, directors and other creatives to go into the Inner Sanctum and sell their fabulous ideas. Compact and Comprehensive, TEN MINUTES is meant to be read once, twice, three times, to help you .Then, when it's time to perform, the Ready-Set-Go Checklist settles you down, gets you focused and puts you in position to knock 'em dead. Insider advice and last minute reminders from a writer-producer who has successfully pitched..and been pitched to...thousands of times!
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More About Chris Abbott
Chris Abbott is a Lecturer in Education at King's College, University of London. His teaching and research relates to ICT, literacy and special educational needs, and the use of the Internet by young people. He has taught in special and mainstream schools and was Director of the Inner London Educational Computing Centre.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ten Minutes To The Pitch: Your Last-Minute Guide and Checklist for Selling Your Story (10 Minutes 2 Success)?
Sharpen Your Pitching Skills Jun 5, 2006
Chris Abbott works in television and you talk about pressure! Imagine walking into a room full of skeptical television producers and executives who are ready to listen to your story pitch. It's Chris Abbott's world.
Ten Minutes to Pitch, Your last-minute guide and checklist for selling your story contains valuable insight about this area. The book assumes you are pitching an appropriate quality story to the right audience. With that assumption in mind, Abbott gives detailed tips about how to enter the room with confidence, pitch your idea then gracefully exit. This little book could make a significant difference in how you succeed in this process. The entire easy-to-read book is written from an experience author with valuable advice.
A must have! Sep 8, 2005
When someone is giving me advice or directions I want it brief and direct. In other words, give me the bottom line. Ten Minutes to the Pitch, by Chris Abbott is just that kind of book. Abbott's book is directed at pitching screenplays but the advice is also applicable to pitching a story for a publisher.
Abbott provides a checklist consisting of fifteen concise steps to successfully pitching story ideas and the sound reasoning behind the steps. Scattered throughout the book are brief stories that are occasionally humorous and support the checklist. Also included is a section titled: Know the Industry, helpful publications and reference lists.
Armchair Interviews says: This is a small, handy must have reference book. If you write and want to sell what you write, you would serve yourself well to buy this book, place it on your reference shelf (the one that you don't loan out because anyone who wants it should have their own) and read it again.
Seems Indispensable to Me! Feb 16, 2005
I'm a writer, but unfortunately, I'm not yet at the stage in my career where I take meetings with important people. It's really too bad, because after reading this little book I felt totally prepared.
There's a lot of great advice told in a nice, friendly, chatty, but altogether honest tone -- things like (I paraphrase) "Make sure you know yourself before writing a story, because the more specific your story is to what moves you, the more universal its appeal will be."
If that seems simplistic, think of how many people write stories they think other people will want to buy, instead of stories they really want to tell.
That's more about writing, but there are a lot of tips tailored to what you need to do when you're "in the room," too. One of the best is "Be Memorable." I think most writers are so scared just to GO to the meeting that they don't even think about the producers or executives who have to SIT THROUGH these meetings... all day... every day. This is your big chance to entertain them, and there are plenty of anecdotes from successful writers who were able to do so and make a sale. (There are equally as many examples of what NOT to do.)
Anyway, I don't want to give away the whole book and stop you from buying it. The info is indispensable, there's a whole Resources guide at the back (support groups, Conferences, Bookstores, Books, etc.). It's well worth the measly $12.95 cover price. I'm going to buy a copies for my friends, and then we're going to work pitching practice into our writers' group meetings. (It will be nice to practice on something other than my stuffed animals.) Wish us luck...