This week I finished proofreading all my Margie Lawson workshop revisions to my manuscript. It’s a lean 82K.
I’ve been working on my pitch for the upcoming Writer’s Digest Conference January 21-23. Pitch Slam is a two-hour pitching free-for-all, where you are in a room with 50+ agents for 2 hours.
You get in each agent’s line and wait to make your 90 second pitch. They then have 90 seconds to ask questions and hopefully request the partial or the full.
At Killer Nashville, I did the 10-minute pitch. At Crimebake, the five-minute pitch. But this is a bit of a challenge. Because each word has to matter. There’s no room for error.
Yup, that’s me putting pressure on myself.
But it’s still a week away. I already spent a week honing the pitch. Trying it out on friends, family, and some trusted writing buddies.
And it’s getting there. The thing is, I want it finalized by Sunday so I have a week to practice it before I am in front of the agents.
Thank goodness that new smart phone has a timer function. At least I know I’m at 80 seconds. That leaves me time for a cough, a nervous throat clearing, or maybe a miniscule loss of my train of thought.
Have you had to pitch to agents? How do you prepare? Any advice on the short and attention-grabbing 90-second pitch?