Great stories are bridges built of imagination and emotion that connect us to who we were, who we are, and who we hope to be. Great storytellers make the journey worthwhile, where the value of their words is born from the feelings they evoke.
The time a reader spends in your world is invaluable. Make it matter. Move them, and they’ll turn the page. Inspire them, and they’ll follow you to the end.
But first, you must pique their curiosity.
A potent pitch has the power to pull readers in instantly. This strategic package of major conflicts and key protagonists should be wrapped with a brief, emotive and enticing bow for agents, editors, publishing houses and potential fans to unravel.
ELEVATE YOUR PITCH
In four sentences or less, deliver a powerful pitch paired with an ELEVATION track in the comments section below by January 28th. Include age range (adult, YA, MG) and genre. Open internationally. One entry per person.
Our panel of judges, including authors Guilie Castillo-Oriard and Amy Willoughby-Burle, and director of Really Slow Motion Music, Agus González-Lancharro, will choose their top three favorite pitches to receive digital copies of ELEVATION and The Miracle of Small Things. The overall winner will also be awarded a gratis license for one ELEVATION track to use in a book trailer and a signed copy of The Miracle of Small Things. Special guest authors and judges will swing by to share their pitches over the course of the challenge!
Felicia Bridges – signed copy of The Miracle of Small Things.
Yolanda Renee – a gratis license for one ELEVATION track
Michelle Wallace – digital copy of ELEVATION album
Carina – digital copy of ELEVATION album
Hotshot tax attorney Luis Villalobos is lured to Curaçao by the prospect of a fast track to the cusp of his already stellar career. But the paradise we expect is so rarely the paradise we find… In order to find what he really needs, he’ll have to let go of everything he thought he wanted.
― Guilie Castillo-Oriard, Miracle of Small Things, inspired by ‘Suns and Stars‘
Biltmore transforms into Olympus, a world rich in Greek mythology, where statues draw breath, legendary creatures abound, and the fate of mankind lies in the hands of extraordinary young scholars mentored by the Muses. Two girls, one raised in the grips of magic, one sheltered from it, must unravel the illusions surrounding Olympus to defy their destiny, or be forever bound to an ancient, deadly secret that spells the end for all humanity.
― Samantha Redstreake Geary, Architects of Illusion, inspired by ‘Hero’
In the vast North Carolina Piedmont, the rain won’t come down and the ghosts won’t go up. On the precipice of the American Great Recession, a small farming town fights through a drought season that goes deeper than seed and soil. Maggie wants a baby, but her husband harbors a secret that won’t allow it; Carolina wants safety, but fire takes hold instead; Joe wants it to rain, but the sky yields only ghosts; Billy wants to take care of his family, but dead men don’t get second chances—most of the time.
― Amy Willoughby Burle, A Soft and Thunderous Noise, inspired by ‘The Gravity of Love‘