To Russell Or Not To Russell – 5 Tips For Talking About Your Book

Last week we had an incredible video pitch by Author Beth K. Vogt. She also gave us some fantastic tips on pitching your novel at conference appointments.

Today, we are going to discuss some additional tips you might find helpful in talking about your book both during your appointments and throughout the conference.

Here to serve as our non-expert is Russell from the movie Up.

5 Tips For Talking About Your Book:

1. Bring something to help you remember, but don’t read it like a script. Editors and agents want to make a personal connection with you, not the top of your head. Use the pitch sheet as a prompt not a script.

2. Look the Part. Russell is believable because he looks like a wilderness explorer. He takes his quest for badges seriously. You should look like you take your writing profession seriously.

3. Make Eye Contact. You notice part way through Russell’s spiel he looks up and interacts naturally with Carl. At that moment we enjoy his animation. Others will enjoy your animation and smile if you remember to step out of the memorized script to be yourself.

4. Take “No” for an answer. Russell is persistent and in this case it serves him well. At conference, this type of persistence is annoying. Respect is being able to listen and respond to others around you. If they aren’t interested, or just want to visit, respect that response.

5. Let your passion shine through. Russell’s passion is what gets Carl’s interest. The same is true for you. It will be your passion for your story that will draw the attention and interest of others.

What other tips or questions do you have for talking about your book?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “To Russell Or Not To Russell – 5 Tips For Talking About Your Book

  1. Michelle – I’m loving your posts about the conference! I’ve never been to one, so any information I can gather is very much appreciated. I will go and check out Beth’s video pitch. Thank you!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Gabrielle, I’m so glad you are finding helpful information in my posts. I know what it is like to be new to conferences. Just remember there will be more conferences. Not everything in the world hinges on this one. See you there!

  2. Love Russell. Hope I don’t do what he did…stick my foot in the door of a no. lol Excellent advice.

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