Last Thursday at Bookshop Santa Cruz (the best bookstore in the known universe), I witnessed (and nearly participated in) something extraordinary. Pitchapalooza is an event lead by the Book Doctors, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, in support of their so-far excellent book The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It and Market It… Successfully! The idea is, they give local readers/writers a chance to give a one-minute pitch for their book, and then they critique it (politely, artfully, and with assistance from the local booksellers, in our case). The audience learns how to get interest in any book, from the best and the worst of the couple-dozen pitches you get to hear in about two hours. It was a terrifically informative evening, even if I didn’t get to give my pitch.
And since I didn’t get to give it there, I’m going to give it a shot here. Deep breath, stopwatch ready… GO!
[Insert clever title here] is something like The Year of the Flood meets The Lord of the Rings, if it were the cast of Glee going on the adventure, written for the fans who just ran out of Harry Potter stories.
Five teens, who grew up in an isolated, permaculture-based community, travel with their mentors to a distant, high-tech enclave in a post-collapse future.
Solstice is brilliant and cheerful, if a little hyperkinetic. She’s often obsessed with figuring out how things work.
Cliff is big, brave, moody but generally affable, though not especially bright. He’s always hungry for approval, and for a good meal.
Yasmina is imperious, graceful, cunning and artistic. She’s creative in her quest for social advantage, and uniquely skilled in making things prettier, more delicious or otherwise more appealing.
Reynard is small and shy, a nerd who falls back on the classics. He’s quietly insightful, and often has the best solution for getting around any problem.
Laurel is athletic, serious and efficient. She’s better with tools than with people, but she’s fiercely loyal and protective.
Together, they must endure a shipwreck, evade a vicious warlord, and confront other misadventures as they make their way north along the coast, seeking an alliance with a place they were told is a technological wonderland.
Okay, so how’d I do? Still a few seconds over :-(
Oh yeah, the title… here are a few ideas (I don’t think any are exactly scintillating yet):
- Leaving Sequoia
- From Sequoia to a Stranger City
- The Journey North
- To the City of Strangers
- The Lost Expedition
- Find a Way There
- Strangers on the Beach (that’s the title of my first chapter, anyway)
Comments? Questions? Suggestions?… Bueller?