A couple of weeks ago RWAus 2016 was held in Adelaide. Since it was the first time held here I volunteered and was lucky (?) to get the pitching assignment. This involved the wrangling of around 180 people to see 12 editors and agents for 5 min face-to-face pitches (some with 4 pitches). Kind of like speed dating for books.
If you ever get a chance, do pitch face-to-face. The editors and agents are lovely and keen to find your book.
As an organiser, I learned a few things –
- Everyone is doing their best (be kind to the organisers)
- Editors and Agents are human and professional and aren’t trying to trip anyone up. They come to find work to take on.
- Everyone is nervous, even published authors who might seem like they would know everything worry about the pitch (which returns to the eds and agents being lovely)
- Be prepared. They all have what they’re looking for available with a search – take the time to make sure they are looking for what you’re writing.
- Make sure you leave time for questions.
Have you pitched at a conference? Volunteered to help at an event?
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.