Up for a quick creative exercise that doesn’t actually involve writing? Good! Close your eyes and imagine yourself pitching your book to an agent. Be in the moment. Picture the agent sitting across from you, and listen to yourself as you advocate for your work.
How did you do? If what you imagined looks intimidating or you aren’t seeing a confident version of yourself, you might be thinking of the Pitch Slam all wrong! In fact, that fear is what tends to keep writers in the holding pattern of will-I-or-won’t-I pitch this year. And too often, it means missing out on a preferred Pitch Slam slot—or even a chance to pitch at all.
Read agent Veronica Park’s story of her experience at the 2015 Pitch Slam and be encouraged:
WD 2015 was the first conference I attended as an agent, and the first big pitch slam I was a part of. I remember how overwhelming it felt for me at first, meeting all those people and trying to figure out their stories in such a short time--I could only imagine how much more nerve-racking it was for the writers. But even though it was a bit loud and crazy, the best stories came through so clearly. I walked away unable to forget those pitches I'd connected with, and ended up signing three of the authors I'd met that day. Which just goes to show, I think, how finding an agent isn't about competition. It's about connection. You don't have to be the loudest voice in the room, you just have to be authentic and tell your story from the heart.
Thanks for letting me be a part of the dream!
Veronica Park, Corvisiero Literary Agency
Check out how it all works here, but take heart: If you’re ready to put yourself out there, an agent is ready to listen.