Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. We’ve all been there. First, your throat begins to tighten and then your mouth goes dry. Your heart beats so fast it feels like it could leap from your chest at any moment. You take a deep breath and begin your pitch, hoping what you say will make some sense. Today, I’m serving up four articles on surviving the conference pitch.
1. First impressions count. An article on Suite 101 shows you how to prepare for the pitch like you would a job interview.
2. Different situations call for different pitches. Nathan Bransford explains one sentence, the one paragraph and two paragraph pitches.
3. Pitchcraft. Agent Katharine Sands explains the elements that should be included in the pitch and ones you should leave out.
4. Some agents hate pitches, too. Agent Janet Reid explains what not to do.
Nancy Parish, who runs her
blog, The Sound and Furry.
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