Whenever somebody asks me what one of my books is about, I find myself having a pretty tough time coming up with a concise answer to the question. Usually, I mumble and stammer as I try to plow my way through a short synopsis of the story and the reaction is often glazed eyes.
There’s something that just seems WRONG about having to boil your story down to a few sentences.
A couple years back, when I was gearing up to do a panel at Bouchercon, I knew I’d have to come up with a quick pitch for my book, KISS HER GOODBYE, so I struggled for awhile and finally went with this:
"It’s about an ATF agent whose daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and the very unusual lengths he has to go to in order to save her."
Like I said. Glazed eyes.
I had an even tougher time with my next book, WHISPER IN THE DARK (coming out on May 2 in the UK!): "A young psychiatrist agrees to examine a patient believed to be a witness to a savage killing, only to discover that she’s a dead ringer for his recently murdered wife."
The thing is, both of these stories are too complex to be summed up in a couple lines. Especially WHISPER. But I try.
When I was at Left Coast Crime a couple weeks ago — yes, Pari, I was there, but unofficially, so I mostly hung out in the bar — I took along my video camera to get a few elevator pitches from my fellow authors.
Here are a few. And my apologies to those of you who are missing from this video. I had some technical difficulties (screwed up sound) that forced me to exclude you.
The Art of the Elevator Pitch from Robert Gregory Browne on Vimeo.
Now it’s everyone else’s turn. Published or unpublished, give me your best elevator pitch for your latest book.