The elevator pitch can be more than a marketing tool. In fact, it can be the star that guides you through the countless rounds of revision you do before the manuscript goes in front of an agent or editor -- and the countless more you'll do after it's been accepted for publication.
Technically, Buddy should have flunked out by the end of his first semester, but the constant stream of cash flowing from his family was enough to make everyone look the other way whenever he set fire to the chemistry lab or ran naked through the gymnasium because the other guys stole his gym shorts.
I've been a fan of Kristen Solecki's art ever since it started appearing in Philadelphia Stories magazine a few years back. In fact, I'm such a fan that I asked if I could use one of her pieces for the cover of To Befriend a Fox, a collection of poetry by the late Richard Pearce…Read more Shot of Fiction with Your Coffee?
I was paging through an old journal recently, and I found the following entry: August 14, 2004: Well, it's beginning to look like I'll have to publish The Grievers on my own. We came home today after house-sitting for my uncle, and there were eleven or twelve rejections in the mail. These were the results…Read more A Setback Circa 2004
Books can come into existence in the least expected ways.
I’m willing to bet that these phrases show up far less in published fiction than in the manuscripts and self-published works that have come across my desk.
In case you ever wondered how your manuscript gets turned into a book, here's a brief film on the subject circa 1947: But if you've been thinking about publishing your book via a Print on Demand or POD service, you might want to check out my essay, "Wherefore Print on Demand?" at The Nervous Breakdown.