Pitching at RWAus 2016

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.

pitching pic

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 –

  1. Everyone is doing their best (be kind to the organisers)
  2. Editors and Agents are human and professional and aren’t trying to trip anyone up. They come to find work to take on.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. Make sure you leave time for questions.


Have you pitched at a conference? Volunteered to help at an event?



beck nicholas_ bec sampson

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.

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