Perfect Pitch Part 3 – Sell Yourself

2012_04_Jo-Ann-4“Be prepared with a brief, non-wandering bio of yourself…If you have any publishing credits be sure to mention them.”

(Thrillerfest site)

Short Bio

  • I grew up in Toronto, Canada, but I’ve lived most of my life on the rugged west coast. Presently, I live on Vancouver Island.
  • I started writing full time two years ago when I retired from a teaching career.
  • I’ve written three books and they’ve all won awards.
  • My first book, The Dutch Kiss, came third in the 2012 Daphne de Maurier writing contest and was a gold finalist in the 2012 Golden Claddagh contest.
  • My second book, Fighting Fear, came fourth in the 2013 Great Expectations contest.
  • My third book, Black Cat Blues, came first in the 2013 Southern Heat competition.
  • I belong to the RWA, and Sisters in Crime, and have B.A. in English and an M.Ed.

More Questions to Prepare For:

Many sources say that you need to be ready to answer questions like the ones below (borrowed from “Secrets of a Great Pitch” by agent Rachelle Gardner)

1. How does your story end?

I don’t want to give that away on-line, but I have an answer.

  • the treasure…
  • the kidnapped girl…
  • the love triangle …
  • the next book…

2.  What published author’s style would you compare your writing to?

  • in tone – Carla Neggars
  • in suspense and action – Dianna Love
  • in developing a love triangle – Janet Evanovich

3.  Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

That’s tough, I’m eclectic in my reading habits.

4.  Is this a series? And if so, what are the subsequent books about?

Yes, Black Cat Blues is the first book in the Maggy Malone series which is about mysteries set in Vancouver featuring the enigmatic red head, west coast characters and local history.

4.  Have you worked with a critique group or a professional editor?

I work with an awesome critique partner every week, and I have beta-readers. I consider them all saints.

5.  Have you pitched this to publishers in the past? If so, what was the response?

No. This is my first time.


Tomorrow – a guest post from Irish horror writer Emma Meade!

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

4 thoughts on “Perfect Pitch Part 3 – Sell Yourself”

  1. I love the hat picture! Quite cool. You look like a lady detective! I’m so impressed with how very prepared you are for the pitches, Jo-Ann. I’m assuming you’ll get to pitch more than once. Another question you might be asked, (Some submissions now require this.) what are your plans for marketing? Maybe not depending on time. Wishing you tons of luck, lady! I know you’ve done the work, now the luck thing has to play a part. 🙂


    1. Hi Marsha
      Eight days! I’m ready to do a swan dive and catapult it into a stupendous belly flop – and come out smiling. Because whatever happens, I’ll learn from it.That being said it would be wonderful to make some good connections. The room will be full of agents that you line up to see. I’m guessing I might get about four minutes with each and I’m hoping to talk to at least ten. I’m going through their profiles so that I target one’s that I think might be interested. Luck, yes, I could do with a whopping dollop of that.
      I hadn’t thought about the marketing. I’ll get an answer ready. Thanks for the tip.
      And thanks for all your support


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