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.

Writing Magazine Feature

Writing Magazine Feature 2013

Writing Magazine has published a small feature on me in their Members’ News section for subscribers.
This magazine is truly a ‘must have’ for anyone aspiring to be a writer. Believe me, it’s helped improve my writing a lot and there’s something for everyone, whether you want to be a traditionally published author or plan to self-publish.
So pleased to see my mug on their printed pages (despite hating my photograph taken!) The feature gives an update on where my writing is at the moment and links in with the previous post on editing 🙂