Wanna Pitch your writing project to an agent/acquisitions editor?

Written by Mary E. Knippel

Mary E Knippel 9.2013 sml Attention Bay Area Writers:  Do you have a manuscript you’d like to get in front of an Agent or Acquisitions Editor? Usually, talking with a literary professional means spending hundreds of dollars by attending a writing conference which often involves traveling great distances…but you are in luck! The Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter has designed a special event to bring you and your project together with the professionals you need to know on your journey to publication. Yes, at this event you’ll be able to pitch your writing project to a room filled with agents and acquisitions editors.

WNBA-SF is hosting the 12th Annual Pitch-O-Rama (aka Meet-the-Agents & Acquisitions Editors Event) in San Francisco on Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Women’s Building in the Mission District.

Feeling a little nervous about talking about your project? We realize this can be a little overwhelming. Writing is a solitary venture…talking about the work is something entirely different! We’ve got you covered….

Authors Catharine Bramkamp, Patricia V. Davis, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, and Julia Park Tracey will be on hand to coach attendees on how to best use this rare opportunity of a face-to-face meeting with an agent/acquisitions editor.

Your “session” will be a total of six minutes with an agent/acquisitions editor. We suggest you use the first three minutes to deliver your pitch and then listen to the response from the literary professional during the next three minutes. 

Study the list of literary professionals you have the opportunity to speak to during the event. Prioritize your top picks so that you make the best use of your time.

Just a few words to remember:

Tell a good story. Talk about your project with enthusiasm, focus, and heart. Keep it short – you only have three minutes…concentrate on the best bits.

Be a good listener. The agents/acquisition editors are there to find great stuff. Your work may only need a few adjustments to be just what they are looking for.

Be yourself! Relax and have fun! This is an amazing opportunity to network with other writers and learn about their writing process.

About Mary E. Knippel: Writer Unleashed and the founder of The Unleashed Homemaker(tm), helps women who have been silent too long to unleash their voices, to polish their words so that they sparkle and shine from the start, to rewrite their stories and go from making dinner to making a difference. Using her skills as a free-lance writer, speaker, editor and mentor, Mary encourages everyone, especially reluctant writers, to unleash their inner writer and express themselves with fun and flair. Mary’s book, THE SECRET ARTIST – Give Yourself Permission to Let Your Creativity Shine (Simple Abundance Press) chronicles her breast cancer experience along with encouraging readers to tell their own story through writing prompts at the end of every chapter.

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