Writer's Digest Conference Pitch Slam

The Pitch Slam is a rare opportunity to pitch directly to agents and editors actively looking for new talent to represent! It’s a high-energy experience that’s both an incredibly useful tool and a very tangible opportunity. Be your book’s advocate. After all, no one can tell its story quite like you. Other writers have successfully found representation at the Pitch Slam. Will you be this year’s success story?

Read about how one WDC attendee charmed an agent and secured representation!


How it works

Soon, we’ll announce the editors and agents who’ll be coming to Pitch Slam. Determine which ones are looking for submissions in the genre(s) in which you work, and plan to pitch directly to them.

On the day of the event, you’ll meet one-on-one with as many of your preferred agents and editors as possible in the 1-hour time slot. Each pitch meeting lasts 3 minutes, including 90 seconds to pitch and 90 seconds for agent/editor feedback and discussion.


What You Get

  • Immediate feedback on the merits of your book from agents and editors working in that genre or category.
  • Actionable advice on perfecting your pitch or improving your storyline or nonfiction idea.
  • The opportunity to land representation—or even get a publishing deal
  • Pitch Perfect session (9:00 AM on Friday, August 18)
  • Query Letter Webinar: Query Better Basics for Books
  • Inclusion of your query letter in the WD Annual Conference Query Letter Directory, supplied to all attending agents and editors following the conference.

Be A Pitch Slam Success

Do your research. There will be more than 50 agents and editors on hand and some will be better fits for your writing than others. Be sure to study the list of attending agents and target those who handle your genre or interest.

Practice makes perfect. This is your chance to sell your book, so write out your pitch, practice it and perfect it.

Get expert advice. Don't miss the Pitch Perfect session on Friday. You’ll learn how to hone your pitch and get more comfortable with presenting live. You’ll also gain the confidence you need to make a great impression.