How to pitch your book at 90mph: advice for authors meeting face-to-face with agents at a writer’s conference.
Imagine you’re at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Behind the tall red wall outside the conference center sit dozens of agents waiting to meet with authors. This is a gateway to the gatekeepers.
Now imagine you’re sitting across from an agent at a writer’s conference. You have three minutes to convince them your book is great, that your writing will have an audience, and that you’re an interesting, sane, and professional person. You have three minutes to tell them why they should work with you.
Ok, I’m setting my stopwatch. Ready? Go!
Ummm… ummm… so…
Time’s up! How did you do?
Getting face-time with agents at a conference can be a great way to pitch your book. You get to cut-through all those query letters sitting unread on their office desks and talk to a real person. The benefits are obvious, but so too, perhaps, are the stresses.
It’s like the publishing industry’s version of speed dating, and a lot is riding on the outcome. If that makes you nervous, you’re completely normal. Hopefully the following articles will help you calm those nerves and make the most out of your brief time talking with an agent in person.
Four articles that will help you prepare your writing conference pitch
Have you ever pitched your book to an agent in-person? What was the experience like? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section below.
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