Get ready for the Pitch Slam

Are you all set to attend the Writer’s Digest Conference East? One of the highlights of the conference is the Pitch Slam. Writers will get the chance to be critiqued by a literary agent.

Here’s how it will work…

The Pitch Slam lasts for 90 minutes. You get a one on one moment to pitch to an agent. Oh and did I mention that you will only have 90 seconds to convince the agent how great your novel is? No pressure though.

Once the 90 seconds is up the agent you pitched to will critique you for 90 seconds. You sweating yet? I kid…it’s really not that bad. Who knows maybe a private meeting will come out of it that lead you to a book deal. Think positive.

Here are 3 of the agents that will be there for the Pitch Slam:

1. Sara D’Emic of Talcott Notch Literary. Fantasy, sci-fi, horror, mystery and thrillers are her specialty.

2. Erin Harris of Folio Literary specializes in historical fiction, literary suspense, noir, mystery, thrillers, contemporary YA, memoirs, ‘big idea’ nonfiction and narrative nonfiction.

3. Sarah Levitt of The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency is interested in these genres: smart narrative nonfiction, popular science, idea books, biographies, cultural/social history, memoirs and voice driven literary fiction.

Let me remind you of some literary etiquette before you go and practice on that pitch. Do your homework! You will save yourself a couple of embarrassing moments if you find out beforehand what an agent represents. Don’t assume all agents know each genre, that all they have to do is get you a lucrative book deal . No, no, no! Each genre is treated differently. You wouldn’t go to a gynecologist to perform heart surgery on you would you? The label Dr. doesn’t mean they can do everything from surgeries, checkups, etc. I know you are not that stupid but there is always that one in the bunch.

Know what your goals are and what you are looking for and hope to get out of this experience. If you’re not clear your agent won’t be and will get you any old deal or even switch up the contract so he/she can pocket more money than agreed to in the beginning.

Having an agent isn’t for everyone. I don’t have an agent and I feel compelled to get one, no disrespect to all legit agents I just don’t wanna go that route now. Not having one will not decrease your credibility as a writer. Don’t get one because everybody and your mama told you to do so. That goes back to my point before, know what you want and be clear from the jump. Good luck!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia


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