Monday, August 4, 2014

The Writer Spoke - and it was Great!

Did you know the number one fear of most Americans is public speaking? As writers, however, we must overcome that fear if we want to pitch our manuscripts to agents and editors. On Saturday, Judy Eick, our Great Lakes Chapter Historian and an active Toastmaster, gave us some great tips on how to prepare for that 15-minute appointment. Here are a few keys points to consider:

- The average person says 120-150 words per minute: 600-1050 words describing your manuscript should give you a 5-7 minute presentation.
- As a writer you already have the necessary public speaking skills, you just need to know how to use them.
- Three factors to polishing your pitch: prepare, practice, and presentation.

This was the third of four in-person meetings for this year. Our next workshop is already scheduled for Saturday, October 10 at the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church (1649 E. State Rd., Gaylord, MI). Mark your calendars and we'll see you this fall!

Karin Beery
GLC President
Associate member Dawn Crandall brought her biggest little fan with her to celebrate the Aug. 1 release of her debut novel The Hesitant Heiress.

Your's truly - Aunt Linda (star of Life with Linda) joined us for her first ACFW-GLC event.

Judy Eick (writing as Nelle Cooper) gave us some great tips on that perfect pitch - thanks, Judy!