Writers Pitch Book Sample Page

Writers Pitch Book is divided into sections to make it easy for agents, editor and film producers to find types of books and scripts they are looking for.

Here’s an example of pitches for two books you may know and for an independent film produced in Britain. I used work already published and produced so you can see what those pitches may have looked like in Writers Pitch Book if their writers had submitted their work as pitches.

The following is a sample of how pitches are formatted in the Writers Pitch Book. Of course, these are not real pitches in Writers Pitch Book, but show you how your pitch would look.

FICTION

Title: BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson’s farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience that will haunt them forever.

Writer: Robert James Waller is a New York Times bestselling author. His books, 1992’s The Bridges of Madison County and his 1995 novel, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, have both been made into motion pictures. Waller currently resides in Texas.

NON-FICTION

Title: OUTLIERS

Take an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers” – the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. What makes high-achievers different? What is their culture, their family and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing? Learn the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Writer: Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker staff writer since 1996, won a National Magazine Award for his 1999 profile of Ron Popeil. In 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of three books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000) , Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), and Outliers: The Story of Success (2008) all of which were No. 1 New York Times bestsellers.

SCREENPLAYS

Title: LIGHTHOUSE HILL

Logline: British comedy about a young London publisher who can’t repay his loan shark debt so he escapes to a magical village of eccentrics where he meets an unlikely guru and falls for the junkyard mistress. When his wealthy mother and her chosen future daughter-in-law track him down, he must decide his future. It’s a story about the importance of love, not possessions.

Writer: Sharon Y. Cobb is writer/director of the comedy web shows “Thurapy” and “Mayor of Panther County” which have attracted an international fan base. She is creator of the comedy video website FunnyFixx.com, a member of Writers Guild of America and has sold a dozen projects to Hollywood. Her film, Lighthouse Hill, was released on DVD in the U.S. March 2009 after premiering at film festivals and being broadcast by SkyTV worldwide. She won  Best Screenplay in Jacksonville, Florida’s 2007 48 Hour Film Project.

 

After paying for your pitch, please submit your logline/pitch according to guidelines on this website to: Sharon@WritersPitchBook.com. Thanks!

15 Responses to Writers Pitch Book Sample Page

  1. I have written a book entitled DORBYAN, asmall Jewish town in Lithuania destroyed by the Nazis in 1941. The book is 45,000 words and deals with the history of te town as well as the stories of many if the inhabitants.
    The book has been printed on demand and has sold roughly 200 copies. I believe it is worthy of a larger readership.
    I will be grateful if I can be directed to any avenue where there might be interest in my work.

    Regards,

    Daniel Herbert Jacobsoon

    • Sharon Y Cobb says:

      Daniel, Congrats on publishing your book. Print on demand (POD) is growing in popularity, as is e-publishing. Yet, you’ve brought up a great point. You want a larger readership. One of the important things to note about Writers Pitch Book is that writers may pitch self-published books in hopes of connecting with an agent, publishing company or Hollywood producer. We do note in the Pitch Book that the book being pitched is self-published or an e-book currently. If an agent likes the concept and if your writing is compelling, you may have your book published by a traditional publisher or maybe even considered for a movie by film producers. Hope you will submit Dorbyan to the Fall 2011 Writers Pitch Book.

  2. Thomas Low says:

    I have a wonderful 150 word pitch prepard, but I do not think it fair to have to eat up
    some of those limited number of words with biographical information.
    Cannot that be submitted separately?
    Thanks

    • Sharon Y Cobb says:

      Hi Thomas, I know it’s difficult to get your pitch and bio into 150 words, but look at it from an agent’s point of view when they’re reviewing the pitch book; they want story concepts in compact packages so they can quickly choose manuscripts to request. We’re getting lots of pitches in and I’m so pleased everyone has polished their submissions down to 150 words.

  3. I beleive millions of us have great stories to publish. How important is a PR person in this writing process?

    • Sharon Y Cobb says:

      Marketing is the key to all sales, no matter what you’re selling. If you write a brilliant manuscript but don’t know how to get the attention of agents or editors, your brilliant book will go unread. If you publish a compelling e-book, but don’t know how to attract readers who will buy the book, sales will languish. Hiring a public relations agent is great, if you have the budget. Next best thing is to learn how to be your own PR agent. That takes time and a great deal of effort on a writer’s part. I used to own a advertising/marketing firm so it’s easier for me to grasp a plan of action to sell my own books or recruit agents, editors and film producers for Writers Pitch Book. Hope this is helpful.
      Sharon

  4. Thank you for this site. What a super idea for all those involved. Do you have a facebook page that we may subscribe too?

    • Sharon Y Cobb says:

      Hi Sarah, We appreciate the kind words about Writers Pitch Book. You’re totally right…we need to put up a FB page. I’ll do that as soon as possible. I’m opening submissions for the Spring 2012 Pitch Book today and then on to FB!
      Write on,
      Sharon

      • Sharon Y Cobb says:

        Good morning, Jim. I’m opening submissions for pitches in the Spring 2012 Writers Pitch Book today. Everything should be open for accepting your pitch by tomorrow morning. Thanks so much for your interest!
        Sharon

  5. NAVEED ASLAM says:

    RATTLING THE SHRINES OF SCHOLARS AND KNOWLEDGE CASTLES…
    SHAKING THE DOOMS OF WORLD RECORDS…
    THE BOOK THAT FASCINATES A TODDLER TO A RESEARCHER…
    JINANIA (QUANTUM REDEFINED)
    ——————————————————————————–
    I would like to inform you about JINANIA (QUANTUM REDEFINED) that is a quite multidimensional project.

    The project is a fiction based reality. The hard facts of life are blended with the laws of physics. It takes us from Sidhartha to Stephen Hawking along time axis and from absolute nothingness to the yet unexplored cosmoses along the space. As already said, it’s a fiction based reality, means that it can be treated as a fairy tale a grandmother is telling her youngsters and at the same time it can be termed as a research paper.

    It’s a story of a hypothetical land based on the same set of rules like us but on absolute different system, like the system doesn’t take into account eating, family and any other social relation in that fairy wonder land yet it does not violate the set of rules we follow, an absolute different concept. It explains the concept of physics, both at quantum level as well as cosmological level. It ranges from the superstrings to the parallel and the most recently discovered X-ray universes.

    For the first time ever, it is tried to interpret human behaviours as the embodiment to the laws of physics. Turning the table you can also say that I have tried to discover the set of rules as governed by the psychological behaviours. The project asks the questions of why, who, where, what from Creator. In one way, it’s a critical analysis of the nature and at the same time we are amazed by the incredibility and supremacy of the Lord. And if He has decided our system, what ran across His mind during it. The project asks the Lord that why our food comes by killing someone, may it be an animal or a plant.

    The project gives a complete description of a new system of education and institutes, a system which yields good, creative and mentally quite healthy individuals ready to take up any challenge.

    Like every other story, an element of romance is also present to keep the reader glued to the book. Love is present in its purest form. It takes us on the space-time realm from negative infinity to positive infinity or may be beyond that, from quarks to beyond the boundaries of the cosmos, from Sidhartha to Stephen hawking, from the Creator to the creation, from the mind to the heart and much more.

    To enhance its worth, pieces of poetry are also present leaving a delicate feel on the readers mind. The poetry mirrors emotions and the scientific laws itself in a very soft manner with quite a nice rhyme scheme.

    All in all, it’s a small paradox made of many huge paradoxes. Many questions are asked and many are replied. A complete concept of grand unification prevails throughout.

    The story is divided into eight chapters. Here the artistry comes in, that from whichever chapter one starts with, feels as if it’s the first chapter and follows. In this way one can take the book and start it from whichever chapter one wants to.

    Anxiously waiting for your reply! I welcome both the positive and negative response.

    Thanks and Regards

    Naveed Aslam
    author ‘JINANIA’ (QUANTUM REDEFINED)
    contact: jinania@gmail.com

    note: the required stuff is as follows for your reference.

    Proposal Cover Page
    Title: ‘JINANIA’ (QUANTUM REDEFINED)

    Author’s name: NAVEED ASLAM

    Genre of novel: The novel can’t be restricted to a particular genre rather it has a flavor of a variety of genres which are as follows; Hard sciences, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, poetry, romance etc.

    Length of novel: The length of the novel is 45000 words.

    Biographical sketch
    I had been writing for magazines and newspapers for last four years.
    I was in the editorial board of ‘THE PEARL’, a literary magazine, for two years (2003-2004)
    Presently, I am the executive editor of ‘THE GENIUS MINDS’, Pakistan’s first educational magazine promoting creativity.
    As far as my education is concerned, I am a graduate in Mechanical Engineering.
    I was awarded the Joint Chief of Staff Committee Gold Medal for my academic performance and The Sword of Honor for my professionalism.

    Story Synopsis
    Note: The synopsis only describes a brief overview of the story; it does not cover the deep insight of the QUANTUM MECHANICS & scientific descriptions.

    Synopsis
    In the city of knowledge gods, The Omnific, there is a teenager Erosa who is frustrated and confused about her existence and the existence of this entire world. Who am I? Why am I on earth? What would have happened if I had not been here? What all has occurred if I am here? These are the questions which everyone ponders upon and asks him or herself at least once in life. The vitality of these questions lie in their unanswered nature yet. The pretty girl had thought long to get the answers but was helpless. Her helplessness has caused frustration that is increasing every passing moment and has risen to its peak. At last she decides to go to her teacher, a seventy year old learned scholar, Socral Zas.

    “I don’t know whether or not I should say it”, Erosa says. “I think my mind will end up in a breakdown due to the high intensity of thoughts. Everybody around seems to be like animals; eat, drink and be merry. If only this is the motive of human life then where do we differentiate the social animals and animals? Why man today does not think on his creation and its cause!” She takes a deep breath; the dust particles on the glass table scatter not resisting the breath, she leans back in the chair and waits for the reply.

    Socral realizing the frustration and desperation says, “Erosa, my daughter, this has been part of life since unwritten history of human. Man had been pondering on these facts but every time nature has deceived him. To this, man regards it a vain pursuit now. Man is unable to conquer nature or probably nature is afraid of him as you said.” He tells her that the solution to every problem lies in living your life with the fullest zeal.

    While Erosa asks that she is unable to understand what nature is up to, Socral describes what happened to him in his youth and the surprising turns of fate. When Socral was a young man of twenty, disturbed and worried, trying to seek the ultimate peace. One day he was reading the life history of Siddhartha and when finished, unexpectedly, he was pulled by the enormous force of a wormhole, accidentally generated nearby. The wormhole took him to a far away land ‘Jinania’, an alien planet that exists in a cosmos 70,000 billion light years away, Jicalovantania.

    The alien planet was of glossy black color and dense bluish white gas of electrons was covering its surface up to a height of a few feet, producing heavy electric streaks and sparks. The land was under the rule of a trio of mighty and heroic angels; Zarkof, Angela and Mecalov. But at the same time a trio of devils; Hipof, Devna and lieov, was also there to lay evil plots. The specialty of the land was the Happiness of its dwellers. To make a wish come true one just need to utter but a pre-laid set of rule is followed. no food, no family and no worries.

    There in the land of Jinania there was a child, Omnis, created with the essence of innocence and was gifted the powers of Omno, a crystalloid sphere powerful enough to create a new universe and to rule the space-time realm. But the little child was yet unaware of his extraordinary abilities. Gradually he started discovering his powers and playing with space-time he was visiting different worlds of awe and wonder. Because of the increasing powers of Omnis the devils became apprehensive. The little child was happy until… The Omno was not there anymore, nobody knew how it disappeared and thus Omnis prayed to God and there began a great adventure.

    At the same instant, on planet earth, a man prayed to be blessed with a child. The man was a Greece born Malaysian and a successful businessman. Thus they named their child Jove, raised him and educated him the best way they could. Jove was a gifted child with supernatural persona, a healing touch and a visionary eye. Sagah’m, a hundred year old man living on an enchanted island, taught Jove what all he could and made him a knowledge giant standing on the pillars of Mathematics and Philosophy, proficient enough to bring about revolutions. During the course of his educational quest he discovered the quantum world and the sub-atomic creatures.

    There was an eidolon spirit named Aricia, the princess of Rodinian Empire (once all the continents on earth were one single continent, the earth was dwelled by the eidolons) that was destroyed eight hundred million years ago by the invasion of Joojs (the dwarf warriors from the outer space) on planet earth. The princess lost her family, her people and her kingdom. Many killed, many were taken captives to the Joojs’ planet, Markazal, in a far away galaxy and the entire Rodinian Empire was split into pieces of continents drifting away (the seven continents on earth today are the pieces of Rodinian empire out of which one is missing, Atlantis). While few of the eidolons were left, hiding themselves in hideouts and are still living on earth, commanded by their princess.

    Jove appeared to be exactly like Aricia’s son and thus she started caring and could not afford to lose her son once again. And at the same time she was looking for the way to rescue her family and people.

    Nobody knew, not even Jove himself that he could be an alien (spirit of Omnis) on earth as a human in search of his lost powers.

    On the other part of the story, Socral came back to Earth after his accidental visit to Jinania, he would have spent a few moments in Jinania but on Earth twenty years elapsed. The green fields in his village were transformed to skyscraping buildings and it was a huge modernized city. To him this all seemed to be a terrible nightmare. At last he got settled; fell in love with a beautiful young girl, Sanam. They got married and started living their life with the fullest zeal.

    Socral and Sanam visited Malaysia on their honeymoon, Socral’s life was calm until he met Jove and both became fast friends. They wrote a book and described their blazing concepts of life and merged hard sciences with human behaviors, thus, brought in a new wave of knowledge that rattled the castles. They became a famous figure throughout the world. They learned music and dance adding a new taste to their life. It was more than surprising to get their scholarly work shaped into a movie and to act in that movie, which they never thought of, multiplied their fame and prosperity. Thus they founded an institute an entirely different concept of education, ‘The Omnific’ which later became the city of knowledge gods.

    Jove’s life started changing dramatically when he met an Egyptian girl, Aliza, beautiful as snow-white & innocent as a fairy. She loved adventures and was fond of visiting beautiful places. She liked to explore the deep oceans to the giant mountains, from freezing Artic glaciers to the burning Sahara deserts, a girl who loved the adventures of deep sea-diving and mountain climbing.

    Later Jove realized that the memory flashbacks and the child in his nightmares was in fact he himself, Omnis. He started discovering supernatural powers in him, a healing touch and the tremendous forces of nature. Besides all this the devils of the dark worlds found him and he was being attacked by the demons and dark shadows. The powers of Omno were now in the hands of evil and he had to stop them before it was too late.

    Market analysis
    The market of novel is for two different type of people

    Those who don’t understand science well:

    Such type of people includes, children and teenagers who know nothing or little of modern scientific theories like Superstring theory and quantum theory etc. They will enjoy JINANIA as a multidimensional novel and at the same time they will get a chance to learn these typical theories in a very light mode. While they will be reading the novel they will never get a hint that these are the most complex theories of present era and they will never know what all they have learnt until and unless the will read the index at the back. And then they will really appreciate themselves and the efforts of the author.

    2. Those who understand science well:
    Such type of people are those who would already be having an idea of all this scientific stuff so they will appreciate it a different way.

    In short JINANIA is a right fit for almost all type of audience, those who seek good story, those who love poetry, those who want to see romance, literature, science fiction, fantasy, science, controversies and much more. All in all it is a fun blend of facts and fiction. So I hope, you would be having a clearer picture than me how huge mass awaits to appreciate JINANIA.

    Competitive analysis
    I guess it is not easy for me to compare it with any other novel, JINANIA is one of its kinds; it is a fun blend, as I mentioned above, of facts and fiction. The idea is an inspiration of the work of Roger Penrose, a brilliant scientist.

    As far as the story is concerned, it encompasses all kinds of flavors one would like to taste while reading a good novel, as well as a fun learning and knowledge just like chocolate chips on ice cream.

    • Sharon Y Cobb says:

      Dear Naveed, Thanks so much for the details on your project. If you would like to submit it as a pitch, Writers Pitch Book will be open again for submissions in the fall. Looks like you’ve got most of the information you need to make a compelling pitch. You’ll need to make sure you have a short enough total pitch, including your bio. It’ll need to be 150 words or less. I know that’s tight, but agents will know if they’re interested with a short pitch. Thanks!

  6. Respected sir/madam
    Please visit my website http://www.saurabhdudeja.com to know about my book. It is a fiction novel. It has all the characteristics to be a movie. As in a movie hero or male lead is transformed in the end, my novel is also like this. It is comedy,romance,inspiration. Do read the synopsis of the novel at the site. And please tell me what should i do to make movie of the novel
    With regards
    Saurabh Dudeja

    • Sharon Y Cobb says:

      Hi Saurabh, Thank you for your comment. Writers Pitch Book offers novelists and screenwriters a way to pitch their books and scripts to Hollywood producers with our Film & TV Rights Available section. Thirty-two percent of all movie deals listed on DoneDealPro.com from January through June 2012 were for books. Please read about how to write a pitch and more on this website.
      Write on,
      Sharon

  7. Paige says:

    How different would a pitch book be if there is a self published book and an interactive itunes app of the book?

    • Sharon Y Cobb says:

      Hi Paige, I’m so pleased so many writers are indie-publishing. Sounds like you’re really ahead of the game with a book AND app! Congrats. Yes, you could pitch both in one pitch in the next Writers Pitch Book. Write on, Sharon

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