The Art of the Pitch

Gigs this week

This week, I chatted with P.J. Johnston, spokesman for GSW Arena LLC, about the new 18,000-seat arena that recently broke ground in San Francisco. Chase Center will also anchor an 11-acre sports and entertainment district in the Mission Bay neighborhood. Restaurants, retail, public spaces — you name it, it will be there.

The site is part of a larger redevelopment area that’s been in the works for nearly 20 years. When completed, the Mission Bay redevelopment area will feature a new research campus, new homes and 41 acres of public open space, among other things. You can read the full story here.

The Pitch Machine

Here at Bridget Manley Enterprises, every Friday is pitch day. And, pitch day is all all about landing more writing gigs. Enter the Pitch Machine, my still-evolving system for perfecting my pitches.

What is a pitch, you ask? It’s a fairly simple concept, really. If you want to write for a magazine, you send them a pitch, or a brief description of the story you’d like to write for them. (If you want to sound all fancy-pants, you call this a “query.”)

However, pitching well is both an art and a science. You have to read the magazine religiously, draft up some ideas and then pitch them your very best idea. It takes persistence, patience and a strong tolerance for rejection. I hear that even lean, mean, magazine-writing machines get more pitches rejected than accepted.

Here are the publications I pitched in January:

  • School Library Journal
  • Wyoming Magazine
  • Youth Today
  • DECA Direct

We’ll see which of these turn into assignments. Until then, the plan is to keep on pitchin’.

Jam of the Week

This week, I started reading “Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound” by Andrea Davis Pinkney. It’s a blast. Pinkney’s distinctive voice will knock your socks off. Even if nonfiction or Motown isn’t your thing, just give it a spin. I think you’ll like it.

I started a Spotify playlist with songs and musicians mentioned in the book. I’ll keep adding to it as I go along.

Inspiration

“Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.” – John Ruskin

Photo credit: Pixabay

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