Pitching

Literary Scouts: How to Get Your Book Directly to a Publisher

Note: The following is a guest post from Stephanie Stokes Oliver, an author, editor, and scout for Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books. For more information on Stephanie’s scouting guidelines, see below. You can find her online at stephaniestokesoliver.com. Cheers! You’ve finished your manuscript, and are preparing to begin your search for the perfect agent...

4 Questions Agents Ask Writers at Pitch Sessions

Over the years, as I’ve written both KidLit and adult fiction, I have participated in several agent pitches and critique sessions. I’ve read every article I could get my hands on discussing how to deliver your pitch, or how to gracefully listen to constructive criticism. But what continues to surprise me are the questions...

A Great Example of What a Pitch Should Not Look Like

One of my biggest tips when teaching people how to pitch is to avoid generalities. Because a generality could mean anything, it fails to draw us in to the story because it's not clear what you're getting at. If you're ever wondering about what constitutes a generality in a pitch, look no further than...

Does Your Story Have a Hook or Merely a Gimmick?

Agents are always looking for something different inside their massive slush piles. Something unique and original—a “hook.” I became especially aware of this last summer, while querying agents I was invited by one agent to revise and re-submit my novel. Her main suggestion? A stronger hook. I'll be honest—the word "hook" has...

Agent Miriam Kriss On: The Perfect Pitch

1. Know Thy Genre (or Sub-Genre) I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sat down to with someone and asked them what they write, only to be faced with confusion. Knowing where your book would live in the bookstore is crucial to making sure the agent can evaluate it properly. Even if you’re...

Agent Dan Lazar On: Query Dos and Don’ts

1. Be specific, but don’t vomit information. Saying “my novel is about a mom going through some life challenges” is vague, and remember: Vague = boring. However, be careful not to stuff your letter with so many details of your plot that it’s confusing to decipher what’s going on. Reading your pitch letter out...

Craft the Perfect Pitch This Thursday

Imagine this: You sit down in front of agent at a conference to pitch them in person. Or perhaps you’re in an elevator when you realize the woman standing next to you is your dream rep. You have little time to succinctly summarize your story. How do you compose a short, effective pitch to...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Pitching Agents at Conferences

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...

I am Critiquing Queries and Pitches!

If you dread writing a query letter or composing a pitch for your book, perhaps all you need is a little feedback and instruction. That’s why I’m running a webinar called “Novel Queries & Pitches: Critique Series.” Here’s the deal: The key to catching an agent’s eye is a compelling query and pitch, so...

Pitch Your TV Idea to Agents, Execs, and Producers… on Oct. 5!

Hey, folks—   Just wanted to let you know, I’m hosting and moderating Mediabistro’s “Pitch Slam” next Monday, October 5… and for anyone working on an idea for the next “Royal Pains,” “30 Rock,” or “Kitchen Nightmares,” this is an incredible opportunity!   Here’s how it works: we bring in a panel of TV...

What's In a Pitch? Examining 'The Undomestic Goddess'

What’s In a Pitch? is a new series that takes actual novel pitches and examines why they work successfully. This series is designed to help writers who need help composing the pitch paragraph of their query letter, or pitching an agent in person. By the way, since I read mostly kids fiction, it will be...

What's In a Pitch? Examining 'Alibi Junior High'

What’s In a Pitch? is a new series that takes actual novel pitches and examines why they work successfully.  This series is designed to help writers who need help composing the pitch paragraph of their query letter, or pitching an agent in person. By the way, since I read mostly kids fiction, it will...

2010 GLA Excerpt: Writing the Query Letter

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents arrives in-house within one week and, needless to say, I am excited to see it in print.  I mean – just look at the book.  It looks like a delicious s’more.  That is – a delicious s’more filled with tons of agent info and conference info and articles. ...

The Wind Up… and the Pitch

Hey, TV writers– If you have an idea for the next Flight of the Conchords, Burn Notice, or Nurse Jackie (which, by the way, I just started watching this week– really funny!) but aren’t sure how to sell it, I’d love to see you next Tuesday, when I’m teaching my pitching seminar for mediabistro...