Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner asked, “What’s Your Book About?” on her Rants and Ramblings blog.  The elevator pitch exercise was to help writers to sharpen their verbal skills in the hypothetical scenario.  Her post recieved 120 comments!  Now she is taking the next few days to critique and lend her expertise on the pitches that were submitted.

What a challenging task!  To articulate in a matter of a minute or two a summary of your WIP.   This was a good exercise in courage for me since I rarely ever share a word about what I’m writing about with anyone outside my immediate family, and often not even them.  So to post it online and on a literary agent’s site that was a huge step for me.

Here’s mine (please don’t laugh) – 

I’m polishing up Hope Springs Eternal. It’s a timeless tale of hope; one I believe that people can relate to today.

It takes place in rural Maine in 1816, “the year there was no summer”. Winter conditions lasted most of the year which led to famine, illness, environmental concerns, economic crisis, dissension. It was a devastating time. 

In my story Rachel emigrated from regency England with her idealistic husband, a farmer. She finds herself alone when the weather claims both he and her infant. Micah, a hearty outdoors man, loses a wife he never even loved, in childbirth. Now only Rachel can keep the baby alive. 


Micah’s heart is cold, Rachel’s is frozen with fear. The two come together to survive. They discover a hope greater than themselves that will see them through – not only the tragedies of the long winter, but for the seasons to come. 



Here’s my revised version.  I hope it sounds more conversational.

I’m polishing up a historical novel, Hope Springs Eternal. It’s set in rural Maine, 1816, “the year there was no summer”, during a time of famine and hardship. In my story Rachel, who emigrated from regency England, loses her husband and baby. Micah is a hunter and trader who served in the militia during the war of 1812. He hates the English, with good reason. Micah loses his wife in childbirth and now only Rachel can help his infant live. She’s overcome with grief and blames him for her husband’s death. When she’s injured he takes her in. She feels trapped, but finally relents insisting he send her back to England in the spring. Micah’s heart is cold and Rachel’s is frozen with fear, but they manage to move beyond survival to hope – and eventually love.