The Pitching Sessions
Watch How to Pitch Your Work with James Spackman (The Pitch Doctor) for his invaluable advice to aspiring writers on pitching their work to a literary agent ahead of the National Creative Writing Industry Day Conference 2020.
This week-long online event includes an opening keynote speech from an acclaimed author, daily morning panel discussions and two-day ticketed packages during which you will attend one workshop of your choosing and will be assigned a 1-to-1 meeting to pitch your work to a literary agent in the genre/s that best describe your work (selected upon booking).
When booking your ticket, we ask that you choose one workshop which you will join on the first day of your two-day package. On the second day, you will have your pitch meeting over Zoom (or an alternative video call software).
In order to get the most out of your pitching sessions, we ask that you prepare a pitch for the agent that you will be paired with. Think of it like an 'elevator pitch' - what are the core points about your manuscript, work in progress or idea that you think the agent needs to know about to give you feedback. Your pitching session is only 15 minutes long, so make it count!
When you book your ticket, we ask for you to pick 3 genre choices from the options below, and you should have at least an idea for a pitch for all of these. We have given our attending agents the same list of genres, and asked them to select which are of interest to them - this is how we will match you.
When allocating agents to writers, we will prioritise your first choice, then your second, then your third, and we will endeavour to allocate you at least your second choice.
Genres to pick from when booking are:
Middle Grade Children's (8-12)
Young Adult (12+)
Science Fiction / Fantasy
Short Stories (inc Flash fiction)
Creative non-fiction (biography, autobiography, any other prose)
All of the literary agents, editors and publishers attending will have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with you during your pitching sessions, so don't worry too much if you don't get matched with someone who you want – they will still be able to offer valuable feedback. We'll let you know in advance who you're meeting with so you can do some background research, but we ask that you please don't contact them before the conference. Anyone found contacting their agent will lose their pitching session.