As some of you know, I was at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC) last weekend hearing pitches and I even managed to slip into a couple workshops. Here is some feedback for how writers can get the most out of their one-on-one time with agents and editors:
Bring a pen and paper – take notes!
Rarely did I see anyone writing down my instructions for sending me material directly, or writing down how much material I asked them to send.
Take all of the allotted time to pitch and ask questions.
We’re there for the entire time, so take advantage. Use the time to build a memorable connection.
Bring the first page or the first chapter of your work.
I might be alone in this, but our pitch sessions were 10 minutes and in order to get a good idea if we are a fit I’ll need to see writing anyway, so why not bring some? (Granted other conferences have pitch sessions that are much shorter, and might not have time.)
Have your elevator pitch ready.
If it takes you 10 minutes to ramble through your synopsis you’re wasting both of our time. Use the elevator pitch to get my attention then expand on the plot points and get ready to answer my questions about characters, motivations etc. Continue reading SiWC pitch reflections