As my mother used to say. So, this pitching to publishers, or whomsoever? What’s it all about I might ask? Seems it depends on not on;y the pitcher’s expertize in expressing an idea in as few words as possible but a way of reading the person pitching to. Yes. This is vital. My latest experience last Saturday was a wonderful view of the different ways a ‘publisher’ reacts to different ‘pitchers’. This was a workshop by a well respected writer/director/etc etc etc – who worked mainly in the field of television and radio. The day rambled on with interesting discussion about writing for film, TV and radio. Great, though my chair became increasingly hard. Some of the others showed their faces and marks. I did tend to keep quiet. It was interesting to hear people’s views about programmes I haven’t watched or listened to. I was there to learn – about what was expected from writers when they pitch a story. AND this workshop promised an opportunity to practice a pitch to a REAL LIVE Producer of film and script for radio. REASON I WAS THERE. The time came – and as I had been told, the producer fired tough questions. I’d prepared something I wasn’t really wanting to write as a script – just for the exercise, – and was really interested to see the way he shot my idea down. Brilliant. This is what I wanted and need – to learn to overcome the challenges. Interestingly, because I wasn’t committed to my story idea I wasn’t able to respond to his hard questions, and response that the idea wouldn’t work, wasn’t realistic. OKAY. That’s his view from his experience. Then he surprised me by asking if I had any other ideas. Well – I had. Something completely different, that wasn’t even written down. He asked me to pitch it, which I did from the top of my head. A subject I knew thoroughly, and was full of funny experiences and situations. He liked it and asked to see the script – SOMETHING I HADN’T PREPARED OR CONSIDERED SUBMITTING FOR CONSIDERATION. So – What does this tell me?
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It tells me you have to believe in what you’re writing about to get other people to commit an interest in it. A good lesson.
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