|I have pitch-fear!|
Next week I pitch. Not the safe kind of online, or written pitches I've tried thus far... no... I pitch in person. I really didn't think it would be a big deal. After all, I've sent my first ten pages in, they'll either like it or they won't. So what's 15minutes chatting with a publisher?
Now that it's fast approaching I am in panic mode. Eeek! What if I just make a fool of myself - and not in the good way I usually intend to make a fool of myself? So, in preparation for the CYA Conference in Brisbane, I am searching for advice on pitching in person. Here's what I've come up with so far:
- Act like they are providing a service to you. You are not doing them a favour, treat them like you have a product to sell to them. (Fabianspace)
- Assume they will make allowances for you because your work is just so special, play by the rules. (Fabianspace)
- Spend the whole time talking about your manuscript and going over what they've already read. Make a personal connection. (Nathan Bransford)
- Welcome feedback. You don't have to implement every change suggested to your manuscript but take it all in for serious consideration - this person knows what they're talking about and the feedback is generously provided to help you. (Nathan Bransford)
- Know the summary or synopsis of your story by heart. You might be asked to refresh their memory. (Redlines and Deadlines)
- Have a synopsis handy for any other manuscripts you have ready or nearly finished. You might have time to discuss those.
- Do your homework. Know a little about the publishing house you are pitching to. I'm pitching to Black Dog Books and know that they have novels aimed the same age group as my manuscript and in the same genre. I can specifically point to some of their current books and say my novel is like a cross between this novel and this one. At the very least, know that they publish the sort of genre you produce. (Writing World)
That's all I got - any suggestions????