My intention wasn’t to be quiet for so long, but I am back for the remaining two months of 2102.
I have joined a blog hop that Heather Webb is hosting and that’s part of a contest on how to pitch. For the next two days, participants will post a three sentence pitch on their respective blogs, and from there we’ll hop-a-long from blog to blog and offer feedback to tighten the pitch. On November 7th, we’ll send Heather our much improved pitches, and she’ll determine who wins a critique from her, but also who gets to have the first ten pages read by Michelle Brower, an agent at Folio Literary Management.
Without more ado, here is my pitch:
Marxist Corinne Sand’s colleagues at Julius don’t respect her. Her lover Jake, the magazine’s editor, dismisses all her story pitches; and she is haunted by the spirit of Alvah Bessie, one of the Hollywood Ten blacklisted screenwriters, who offers unsolicited advice and a shoulder to cry on. It doesn’t get any easier for Corinne when she becomes the target of a vicious conservative blogger who gets Homeland Security and the FBI involved after she publishes the short story “Marxist Intifada” penned by the ghostly Alvah under a pseudonym. The situation becomes graver for Corinne when she recognizes the paranoia of the Red Scare era is alive in the 21st century, and she’s forced to make a choice: fight for her first amendment rights or go into exile.