Now try your own book. This is an opportunity to show agents that you've done your research and are serious about the marketability of your story.
Crenshaw's death, it seems, is not unrelated: within a matter of hours, police arrest two young men who appear to have embarked on a crime spree in the aftermath of the protests. You want a few sentences that describe your novel in the most compelling and intriguing way possible.
The victim: hotshot investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw, who has been bludgeoned to death in his carport.
Get business cards and contact information, thank them and head to your next pitch! Or, for that matter, how any normal elevator ride happens.
Do Some Research: Find out which agents and publishers that will be attending the conference. Plug in a word or two, and the generator gives you several pitches. We get books like these, as do literary agents. Another novel pitch example from "Close Case" by Alafair Burke: Investigating the brutal murder of a hotshot journalist, Samantha Kincaid finds herself caught in the middle of an increasingly personal and potentially dangerous struggle between Portland's police and the DA's office.
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Highlighting these differences landed me two full manuscript requests! But when Scar, Simba's evil uncle, uses Simba to lure the king into a death trap, Simba is overcome with guilt.