6 New Tips For Pitching Agents
Here’s a couple things to keep in mind.
- In person, if you’re not very social, it’s fine to keep the pitch extra short!
- In the written query, the part addressing the story is typically
- First paragraph is the character, setting, and inciting incident
- Second paragraph is the escalation
- It’s okay to close with a question!
- I’d heard so many times that agents “hate rhetorical questions” that I’ve just banned any question from my query letters. BUT! I’ve been told, it’s okay to have a question, especially in the summary sentence. “Will Carol manage to finish dinner before the store closes, or will she find herself locked in, forever!“
- A strong character voice in the query is very dangerous, but on rare occasions will work.
- Only describe your background/education if it’s on display in the book.
- A lot of publishing houses are looking more for duologies and stand alone books than series. It’s a smaller commitment, that can be expanded if the book(s) sell well!
The number one thing you have to remember when pitching to your readers is … if you’re planning on selling on Amazon, no matter how amazing your cover text is, Amazon only shows the first 2 lines of your blurb. Make Them Count.
No Matter Who You’re Pitching
There are two things your pitch has to accomplish.
- Show how your story is distinct from the others in its genre
- Show how your story fits in the market
What pitching tips work best for you?
What ones would you suggest we avoid?
Here were more notes from all the panels I hit at Balticon53 and I’m still not done. I attended all the panels, so you don’t have to.
Tune in again next week for more writing tips and writerly musings.