This year the ASA also offered a similar opportunity for regional writers to pitch via phone or video conference in a virtual literary speed dating event.For those who haven’t heard of literary speed dating, imagine a high school parent-teacher conference. One agent and seven publishers were seated at desks around a large room, and eighty or so hopeful authors lined up for the chance to pitch their work.What would be the advantage, I wondered, of putting myself through the stress of a literary cattle call?
Or you might get valuable professional feedback as to the direction you might want take your project.
The agent will meet you personally and will have a face to put with your name if you follow up with a formal query letter, proposal or manuscript.
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I'd never been to something like this before and it turned out to be a LOT of fun. An image of the book cover, the title, and the author's website is the essential info. You never know when you'll need to bind up an author's wounds. I instantly set about opening it (very good response to swag) and then testing to see if I could get it BACK to its original condition (not good.) The purpose of swag is to remember the BOOK, not the packaging. And of course, what was IN the packaging did not have the book ANYWHERE on it! I bought three books by authors who did speed dating.
All are looking for fresh talent with polished manuscripts.
(There is a reading / consultation fee per submission) While most participate on panels and are available by appointment at the free pitch sessions, not all participate in the Advanced Submission Masters Pro Critique™ Program.
This is a 10-minute personal meeting with an agent or an editor in which you “pitch” your book project.
For nonfiction writers, a pitch session is an oral proposal in which you lay out the basic idea of your project and its structure in the hopes of piquing the agent’s interest.
Once you are a registered attendee of the conference, you may pick agents from the list below and use our secure online registration to sign up for a 10-minute pitch session. Your schedule of pitch sessions will be given to you along with your SBWC conference badge when you check-in at registration.