From Pitch to Page One: How to Get an Agent from the Get-Go

From Pitch to Page One: How to Get an Agent from the Get-Go

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  • You are getting ready to pitch to agents and/or publishers
  • You are actively querying agents and publishers
  • You want to make the most of pitching an agent at a conference
  • You are having trouble explaining your book in 250 words or less
  • You are shy and/or hate having to toot your own horn


Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt. But few writers know what it takes to make agents yell at first glance: “Eureka, I've struck gold!" And a first glance is all that most writers will get before the agent moves on without ever reading further.

This presentation cuts through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU, to read YOU and to say YES to YOU. In this presentation, literary agent Katharine Sands shows you the best ways to showcase your writing as a bold, new entry into its category,and yourself as a potential author with an intriguing book poised to spring forth. We look at hooks, selling points, and engines; and how to avoid Querial Killers: the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents and on All-Important Page One.

Runtime: 46 minutes


  • How to make the perfect pitch
  • Ways to use your pitch to deliver enough of the flavor of the book to whet the reader's appetite for more and how to keep the momentum going to All-important-Page- One
  • How to start in a logical place, yet from a compelling perch
  • How to identify the most exciting elements that illustrate your work showing why your book will find readers
  • How to encapsulate in clear core points when proposing a book
  • The five key takeaways you need to entice an agent/editor
  • How to amplify your chances for being selected successfully
  • You will also learn what to do--and what not to do--when setting out to provide a summary of your book: the description of your book in 200-250 words ‚Äì that signal the neurons in the agent's mind to decide: yes, keep reading!


A literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine Sands has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books. Highlights include Spiritual Pregnancy: Nine Months that Change Your Life Before You Give Birth by Dr. Shawn Tassone and Dr. Kathryn Landherr; Talk to Strangers: How Everyday Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income and Life by David Topus; The New Rules of Attraction: How to Get Him, Keep Him and Make Him Beg for More by Arden Leigh; Stand Up for Yourself: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards by Donna Ballman; Making Healthy EZ with Dr. Oz guest, Dr. Julie Chen; Dating the Devil (producer: Vast Entertainment) by Lia Romeo; XTC: SongStories; Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD by Barbara Barnett of Let's Talk TV; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Style-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; Ford model Helen Lee's The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the IRS Doesn't Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam, Divorce After 50; Trust Your Gut; Make Up, Don't Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil to name a few.

She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. Recently contributed “Grey is the New Black" to Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, a nonfiction look at the cultural phenom of the bestselling novel.

Actively building her client list, she likes books that have a clear benefit for readers' lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might be at issues, life challenges or popular culture. When reading fiction she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir and femoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.

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