The Elevator Speech

You’re in an elevator with the tinkling of soft piano music filling your ears, when low and behold Steven Spielberg walks in at the second floor.  He presses the button for floor 110, same as you.  The two of you are alone for the entire trip, and you see him notice the book (your book) you’re clasping in your hot little hands.   When the elevator reaches floor 50, it turns to an express.  You’re guaranteed to have an exclusive audience with the famous director for say…the next twenty-five seconds.


You’re an author.  He’s a movie director.  Here’s your chance.

How do you pare down the essence of your book into less than a minute?  How do you win over Steven Spielberg so that he’s enraptured with your premise?

Thus, the scenario behind:  The Elevator Speech.

You’ve heard about it for other scenarios, mostly job related.  But it’s important in the book world too.

I’ve written and rewritten mine for ELECTED numerous times.  I want to convey the seriousness of the themes:  gender, identity, tolerance, environmentalism and let Spielberg know it’s a sci-fi “ustopian” (dystopian and utopia mixed into one).  But I also want him to know it’s a love story.  How in the world can all that be packed into twenty-five seconds?

Here’s my best effort so far:

The ELECTED Series is Mulan-inspired story of a girl who masquerades as a man to take her country’s presidential role in a futuristic America.  It delves into issues of gender, romantic identity, tolerance, and environmentalism.

What think you?

Feel free to post comments with your book’s elevator speech!  I’d love to read some awesome examples!

2 Comments on The Elevator Speech

  • jean masini says:
    March 26, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I think I would add forced to masquerade as a man…..


    • girl101 says:
      March 26, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Good catch, Jean!


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