2015 Agents & Editors Conference Pre-Conference Workshop
"Practice Makes Pitch Perfect:
Last Chance Tips for Making a Lasting First Impression"
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 3:30 to 4:45 - Hyatt Regency Austin
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$50 a ticket - Open to Conference Registrants only*
Seating is Limited - So Don't Delay!
[NOTE: This optional event is not part of the formal conference program and is something we've offered in the past few years due to interest. We assure you that conference registrants can have a full and satisfying experience without attending this optional workshop. Please check our FAQ page for consultation tips, as well as the helpful hints in our printed programs. For those of you in the Austin area, remember that we will offer a free "Prep Your Pitch" panel and practice session at 7 pm Thursday, June 18, on the third floor of BookPeople. If you have questions or are wondering if this optional event is a good fit for you, please do feel free to reach out.]
In this competitive industry you often have only minutes to pitch your work to prospective agents and editors. At a weekend conference, that can mean anywhere from two minutes at a cocktail party or after a panel up to the ten minutes allotted for one-on-one consultations. Knowing how to make an agent or editor give you their full attention and, more importantly, remember you, is so valuable. In this 75-minute presentation, two industry experts will share their more than 40 years combined experience with attendees to get them pitch ready.
As attendees, You will learn ways to streamline your presentation so that it's unforgettable, including how to avoid the mistakes that make most agents and editors stop listening. You will have the opportunity to pitch live and receive immediate feedback (as time allows, and for those who want to volunteer) and you'll come away with concrete ways to fine-tune the pitch for your project. Some skills you'll walk away with include: The top do's and don'ts; how to read your audience and adapt your pitch as you go; what your own body language says about you; key words and phrases to consider including (and a few that you should avoid at all costs); and more. Your instructors will be:
Lance Fitzgerald has two decades experience in subsidiary rights, and is currently VP, Director of Subsidiary Rights for The Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. Prior to that, he sold rights for Simon & Schuster and Putnam Penguin. He has sold rights for number one New York Times best-selling books including 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton, and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Other best-selling authors he has worked with include Andy Weir, Anthony Marra, Cynthia Bond, Mary Higgins Clark, Tom Clancy, Deepak Chopra, David McCullough, Walter Isaacson, and Bob Woodward. He is a member of the International Rights Directors Advisory Board, and has been a featured speaker at the Writer’s League of Texas, the Authors and Artists Representatives, the Columbia and NYU Summer Publishing courses, the Young-to-Publishing Group, and Slice Writers Conference.
Linda McFall has worked in publishing for over twenty years at a variety of houses including Picador, St. Martin's Press, Viking/Penguin, and Harlequin/Mira. She started her career as a publicist and then worked her way to becoming a Senior Editor. Some of the best-selling authors she has worked with are Heather Graham, Alex Kava, J.T. Ellison, Joan Johnston, and Caryn James. She is currently a freelance editor specializing in thrillers, romantic suspense, and commercial fiction. She lives in Chicago with her family and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*to purchase a ticket to the pre-conference workshop, you must already be a ticket holder for the 2015 Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. Click HERE for conference registration.