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Children's Book Writers
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Writers Day 2021 Agent Pitch Guidelines

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The chance to pitch your work to an agent is a golden opportunity. You may sign up for your agent of choice while registering for Writers Day. Please be sure to read the agents’ bios to make sure they represent your category and genre. For example, if you write YA Fantasy, you want to make sure the agent you choose represents those areas. If an agent’s virtual appointment book is already full, you will need to select an alternative agent. There are no waitlists. Here are some guidelines to help you get the best from this experience.

Sunday pitch sessions will NOT be recorded.

You are responsible for arriving for your virtual pitch session on time. Please make sure to log on to the link at 5 minutes before your scheduled time. There are no make-up times. If you are late, that will cut into your 10 minutes.
You will have exactly 10 minutes to pitch AND receive feedback. We suggest you set an alarm at around 8 minutes in so you’ll have time to wind up your session. Please be courteous to the agent and the next attendee by exiting the break-out room promptly.
Each agent has your name and contact email on their list. All you need to do is introduce yourself.
Practice your pitch beforehand. Decide ahead of time how to divide your 10 minutes between pitch and feedback.
Decide ahead of time whether you want to pitch your story, read your first page or synopsis.
Think of this as a chance to gain experience. If you feel you have messed up, it’s OK! You will still have a chance to submit your work to our faculty using their submission guidelines.
If you are unhappy with your feedback, it is important to remain courteous and professional. If your pitch is not understood this could be a time to reflect and clarify your storyline for the next opportunity.
If you are fortunate to secure a contract through this process, please let us know. We would love to congratulate you and share your success!