Fast Pitch!

Well dear reader, I’m back from LDSPMA 2022. There’s a lot to talk about. Today we’ll talk about one of the most valuable activities at a writer’s conference, doing Fast Pitch.

What is it?

What’s fast pitch? In the writers’ conference context, Fast Pitch is kind of like speed dating. You sign up for a ten-minute slot and talk to an editor or agent. Usually, you spend three minutes or so doing your pitch and (hopefully) spend the rest of the time answering questions from your chosen editor or agent.

Why does it matter?

When you’re doing fast pitch, you have access to an agent or editor. That means you can slip past the slush pile and talk to someone who can help you get your book published. You’re getting a response (“yes, send us the manuscript” or “no, we’re not interested”) in a few minutes rather than six months or more.

How hard is it?

It’s a challenge. There’s a lot of work involved. But, if you do it right, if you plan and execute well, you can really reap the benefits.

The worky-icky part is you have to fit your idea (the story of your story), your manuscript length, where you are in the process, your comps, and why you’re the right person to write the book into something you can calmly and clearly communicate in less than five minutes.

It’s serious work. But it’s also a great opportunity.

Pitching a book and getting accepted is definitely a way to ‘win’ the conference. And it’s only one benefit of attending!

That’s it for this one, dear reader. Good luck with your writing. I’ll see you next post.

Published by Farangian

I'm a writer (fiction and non fiction) with a Masters in Psychology. I am also a sculptor, metal smith, lapidary, tutor/trainer, and eternal student. The name Farangian comes from the name of a fantasy world I created called Farangia. That name comes from Farang with is a term that the Thai use for westerners.

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