So, here we go:
Show Your Passion
Now is not the time to play it cool. Show how much you care about your work and your story. If they can see how much you feel it, they are twice as likely to feel it too.
Don’t Jump Ahead
While being excited is good, getting ahead of yourself is not. The point is to grab their interest, not to close the deal. Make them want to hear more, and you’ve succeeded.
Speak up. Look them in the eye. Use common language that everyone understands.
Be ConciseYour actual pitch should take between 30–60 seconds.
You never know when someone is going to ask what your book is about. Write and memorize your pitch in advance so you can be ready.
When possible, write a pitch geared for the agent/editor. Make sure to pull out and focus on the elements of the book that the audience will love and drive those points home.
Be Confident, Not Arrogant
They need new authors as much as new authors need them. If you don’t think of them as being above you, it will help you come across stronger.Be Grateful
Thank them for their time, but don’t suck up or belittle yourself. You are both professionals, remember that.
So, what do you think? Was this helpful for you? Any questions?