This could be one of the most important reasons for attending the conference (much as I'd love to say it's the networking and sessions,) this is the highlight for me.
But even me, who has pitched now several times gets the jumbly belly butterflies. So I thought I'd bring you my list of does and don'ts for pitching.
1. Be Prepared.
Nothing says unprofessional more than a jumble of half considered ideas that have no cohesion. It's important to have a
clear idea of what you want to say
2. Have something to hand the agent/publisher.
Even a business card (and yes, even unsigned authors need them) should have that to hand over. It says I'm ready to
sell my book and idea.
3. Look the part.
This year, I'll be in long black pants and a variety of tops, and even a dress, because it's about letting the agent/publisher
know I not only believe in my work, but also me. Business casual is fine, but before you dress, take a good look and ask
yourself what does your appearance say about you.
4. Turn off your phone.
Seriously, turn it off. This is your chance to impress the agent/publisher. The world will continue to revolve without you for
5 - 10 minutes.
5. Arrive early.
This gives you time to calm your nerves and run through the pitch one last time in your head.
6. Go to the toilet a good 10 mins before your visit.
Sure, this probably seems silly, but trust me, it bears saying.
The first video below is really worth watching. There are other great ideas, that you can use in preparing for your pitch.