Wednesday Writing Exercise: The Elevator Haiku

I can’t take credit for this one. But when Pubmission editor Ingrid Carson suggested in her interview last week that writers try reducing their elevator speeches to a haiku, it was such a great idea that I had to revisit it here. (And remind you that you can always practice your elevator speech on our Facebook Page.)

When I asked Ingrid her thoughts on what made for a successful pitch, she said: “I think really it’s similar to what makes a successful poem—your central idea distilled into a graceful, clear, and engaging piece of language.”

Pubmission haiku

Can you reduce your elevator speech to a haiku? We tried...

Agents and editors have precious little free time. And you’ve spent all of yours typing away at a several hundred page manuscript that sits on your desk waiting to be read. The challenge you now face is how to explain to that agent or editor why they should give your book a second thought. You need to convey to them the essence of your masterpiece in the time it takes you to soften a stick of butter in the microwave.

Today’s Exercise:

It’s time to sit down with that old friend who could make or break your book’s chances of making it to the top of Amazon’s bestsellers list: The Elevator Speech. Yes, this is pretty much like me telling you to eat your peas, but it will be fun—you’ll see. Your task today is not to worry about condensing your pitch into a mere 30 seconds. No, you can do better than that. Reduce it to 19 syllables!

Post your elevator haiku below! First Pubmission writer to do so gets 2 free credits added to his/her account.

About Wolf Hoelscher

Wolf Hoelscher is a writer, editor, and web developer with 15+ years in publishing. He created Pubmission.com as a way to rethink the submissions process and to make it easier for publishers to find the writers who match them best. You can also select Wolf as an Editor Coach on Pubmission.
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