Special Event: Tips for Speed Pitching to Literary Agents

Nothing compares to the opportunity of doing a face-to-face pitch of your manuscript to a literary agent at a writing conference. While most writers are terrified of the pitching process, it's often the best experience an author can have in understanding not only how the publishing industry works but also the critical dynamics of the author/agent relationship.

But the trick is—you only get about five minutes to make a great first impression and (hopefully) receive a request to submit your work for consideration.

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, Executive at Pipeline Media Group and former Senior Editor at Writer's Digest, has a decade of experience speed pitching both literary agents and Hollywood producers. She'll share tips on how to hone your pitch to get a decision-maker excited about reading your work.

This event will cover:

  • Setting realistic goals
  • How a speed-pitching event works
  • Creating an effective quick pitch for fiction and nonfiction
  • Logline tips
  • Dos and Don'ts of pitching an executive
  • Post pitching event action items

[Recorded July 6, 2022]

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Jeanne Veillette Bowerman is an Executive at Pipeline Media Group, Editor-in-Chief of Pipeline Artists, co-host of the Pipeline Artists original podcast, Reckless Creatives, Senior Executive Book Pipeline, former Editor-in-Chief of Script magazine and a former Senior Editor at Writer's Digest, where she wrote the regular screenwriting column, Take Two, for Writer's Digest print magazine. Recognized as one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers," her Script magazine column "Balls of Steel" was selected as recommended reading by Universal Writers Program. A compilation of her articles is now available, Balls of Steel: The Screenwriter's Mindset. She is also Co-Founder and moderator of the weekly Twitter screenwriters’ chat, #Scriptchat, and wrote the narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, with its author, Douglas A. Blackmon, former senior national correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. If you want a free Pipeline mug, you have to ask Matt. She doesn't have that much power.

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