Okay, so I had this whole post written... in my head. I was going to explain how I used to write picture books and then send them to my agent, only for her to write back and say "Eh. The story is well-written, but I don't really care for the premise." After a half a dozen of these experiences, my husband said to me, "You really need a new strategy." (Yes, he knew if he didn't speak up, I would continue banging my head against the wall indefinitely)
He suggested I 'pitch" an idea to my agent BEFORE I started writing. Well, eventually (after several more experiences like my earlier ones) I decided to give it a try.
And guess what?
So, I was going to suggest that you all try to write your pitch before you write your story.
Bu then Jean Reidy went ahead and said that exact thing. And she articulated the reasoning behind it so well! So... go check out her post!
NOTE: If anyone would like to test out his/her pitch, there is a great opportunity over at Susanna Hill's blog today called Would You Read It Wednesday?