Pitching to an Agent

If you’re going to a writing conference, keep a copy of your manuscript with you. It’s better to be prepared. Practice your pitch before the conference. You never know if an agent or editor might be present and wants to hear about your story. Memorizing your pitch is fine, but have it written on an index card that you can refer to it. Nervousness can zap away your thoughts. Keep these things in mind for a fiction novel pitch:

  • What does your character want?
  • Why does he want it?
  • What keeps him from getting to his goal?
  • What conflicts does the character go through?
  • What choices does the character make?
  • Who is your character?
  • Genre?
  • Give a small description of your character
  • Title?
  • Completed word count ready

For a nonfiction novel pitch, answer these questions:

  • What is the relevance of your topic?
  • Why is it important?
  • Do you have the credibility to write on this topic?
  • Have you compared other authors’ novels to yours?
  • How is yours different?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Will it solve any problems?

It’s best to have a polished, completed manuscript or book proposal ready to go. You don’t want an eager agent to lose faith in you after you’ve pitched your heart out.

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