Pitch your writing to literary agents and editors.
The Pitch Slam is the defining moment of Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. It’s a pulse-pounding, real-life chance to pitch your writing to literary agents and get instant feedback. Click here to see the agents and editors at this year’s Pitch Slam - in 2014 we will have 50+ agents in NYC! You can register for the Pitch Slam as part of the Pitch Slam / Basic Conference Registration Package.
Imagine speed dating for your book. You’ll sit down with a literary agent or editor you choose, and take 90 seconds to pitch your work. Then you’ll get 90 seconds of unbiased, constructive feedback—and possibly, if you play your cards right, a request to see more of your work! Then you’ll move on to the next agent or editor and start the process all over again!
- Immediate feedback on your writing by real agents with experience in your genre
- Tips on various ways to improve your storyline and the pitch
- One-on-one connections with agents and/or editors
- The opportunity to land representation and get published
- Do your research. There will be more than 20 agents eager to meet new writers at the Pitch Slam. Some of them will be a better fit for your writing than others, so be sure to study the list of agents you’ll receive before the conference, and target only those who represent the kind of writing you do. Even better, look for agents who represent authors you particularly admire and emulate; you’ll know those agents share your taste in writing and are more likely to be a good fit.
- Practice your pitch ahead of time. If you’ve never had to develop a pitch or “elevator speech” for your writing, this is a great opportunity to develop a succinct, compelling description of what makes your work unique and desirable. Write it out, and then practice your pitch with a timer to make sure you stay within the 90-second limit. The time enforcers at the Pitch Slam will be strict!
- Give your nerves the heave-ho. If the idea of pitching your work to agents makes you nervous, remember that the agents at the Pitch Slam are just people, each with his or her own tastes in writing. One person’s rejection only means you’re that much closer to finding the right fit for you. By the end of the event, your jitters will be history, and you’ll be an expert at extolling the virtues of your work.
- Get expert pitching advice. Don't miss the Pitch Perfect session on Friday. You’ll hear tips for honing your pitch and being more comfortable with presenting, and get the confidence you need to make a great impression.
Register Now for the Basic Confernce Plus Registration Package!