The Not So Perfect Pitch
There were a handful of workshops at the National RWA conference that focused on perfecting your pitch. Your friends listened to you go over it and over it. You practiced in front of a mirror. You had your 25-or-fewer words memorized to the letter. You envisioned the agent being completely bowled over by the sharp, quirky details of your amazing story.
But then nothing happens like you planned.
The first time I pitched was three years ago at the Southern Lights conference in
That’s great, Abigail. So why don’t you tell her what you’re actually pitching?
Before pitching a second time a couple of years later, I had decided to go with a pen name. I planned on starting the pitch telling the agent why I picked her when I had a choice between so many. But when the agent introduced herself to me, I completely blanked on my name.
I’m not the only one. Historical romance writer Valerie Bowman forgot her memorized notes and had to scramble to dig them out of her bag.
And another? Historical romance writer Lis’Anne Harris (lisanneharris.wordpress.com) sat down for her first pitch appointment with five other people. When the agent said, “tell me about your story,” not a word came out. Nothing. Even after the poor agent asked her leading questions to get her to snap out of the oncoming panic attack. The entire ten minute group pitch consisted of the agent trying to get Lis’Anne to relax. Thankfully, the agent requested a partial from everyone, but Lis’Anne has no desire to ever pitch again.
What about you? What kind of memorable things have happened to make your perfect pitch not so perfect?