Agent pitch – it’s drawing near – tips needed

I’m sure we’ve all done this at some point. I watch the UK Apprentice, and every time someone has to get up and pitch to a room full of strangers, I hear the voice in my head saying, ‘I’m so glad I don’t have to do that.’

Famous last words?

Some of you may remember I blogged about the Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh Discovery Day held at Foyles bookstore in London next month. (It’s here, if you missed it last time.)

It was August when I found out I had a chance to pitch an agent and somehow it felt like I had all the time in the world to write and perfect what I was going to say, and suddenly, that time has flown by and I now have two weeks and three days until I have to stand up and stand out.

I’m starting to panic a little as I realise that –

A)  I’ve never delivered a ‘verbal’ pitch before in my life, and . . .

B) I’m staring at a blank page!

Yep, that’s right, I’ve not even started it! That’s not to say I’ve not thought about it – I have – but that’s as far as I’ve got.

It may seem like I still have a long time (and for some people, it is plenty of time). Unfortunately not for me. I like to be organised, and considering I spent two weeks trying to perfect cover letters for my submissions, I’m feeling a tad under pressure.

This is where the Word Press community comes in, I hope.

I’m after some tips. I could look up everything on the internet (and I will do some research) but sometimes the best tips come from people who have had first-hand experience of pitching.

How do you start it? Do I use up all my 30 seconds? Do I use notes (they are allowed) or do I free-style? First impressions count – an agent has to like you as well as your book – pressure!

I could go on, but I might drive myself nuts over thinking everything.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

6 thoughts on “Agent pitch – it’s drawing near – tips needed

  1. I can really understand the stage fright. Last week I had to learn something by heart for an assessment. The more you repeat it, the harder it is to forget it. Good luck!

  2. Thank you for your thoughts. I see your point about taking in notes, and agree with you. I think they say you can take note cards in case you get stage fright and need a prompt! 🙂 I will try to learn it off by heart with a ‘back up card’ hidden, just in case!

  3. Wishing you lots of luck! I haven’t ever pitched in person so any thoughts I have are just personal thoughts.

    You say notes are ok. I’d probably say, try to learn it by heart without the need for notes. Notes for me give the impression you need prompts on your own work.

    I look forward to hearing how you get on!

  4. Thank you! I don’t think I’ll have any nails left by the time the day comes. It’s exciting but so nerve wracking

  5. I don’t have any experience of pitching, but I wish you all the best – I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly! xx

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