Pitch Perfect: How to Successfully Pitch Your Book to Agents and Editors OnDemand Webinar
YOU'LL LOVE THIS ONDEMAND WEBINAR IF:
- You are a writer who is looking to attend conferences to pitch agents and editors
- You are a writer who is drafting queries
- You are a writer who wants to understand the importance of pitching
- You are a writer who has tried pitching and found it challenging
- You are a writer who is looking to update their pitches
- You are a writer who has tried sending queries to mixed results
ABOUT THE ONDEMAND WEBINAR:
This presentation is a how-to guide for successfully pitching your manuscript. Whether verbally or through written communication, pitching can be stressful and overwhelming. The purpose of this presentation is to break down the mystery and help make pitching fun for both the writer and the editor/agent receiving the original pitch. Further, pitching occurs at each and every point in a book's creation. The author pitches the agent who pitches an editor who pitches their publisher. The sales team then pitches the booksellers, and then finally, the booksellers pitch the consumer. Building a solid pitch foundation can help support your book from pitch all the way through publication and on sale.
A great pitch can open so many doors, so the purpose of this presentation is to help strengthen your book's pitches. Literary agent Melissa Edwards discusses the differences between written and verbal pitching and the different strategies an author can use to stand out. She goes through a list of do's and don'ts that will help mark you as a professional in a room of amateurs.
As a literary agent, it is Melissa's job to receive pitches and to pitch editors. This is a learned skill and one that takes time and effort. She loves to share tips and tricks to make pitching more pleasant.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- How to pitch an agent or editor verbally at a conference
- The differences between a verbal and written pitch and what to avoid in each
- How to pitch an agent via query
- How to draft your pitch so you sound like a professional
- How to grip your reader or listener in the first 90 seconds
Melissa Edwards is a literary agent, foreign rights agent, and an attorney. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt Law School. She is a member in good standing of the New York State bar. Melissa got her start in publishing at the Aaron Priest Agency, a legacy agency with an over 40-year backlist. She is now actively building her list in middle grade and YA fiction, adult fiction, and nonfiction at the illustrious Stonesong Literary Agency. Her favorite books are the ones that linger inside us, long after the last page has been read.