Pitching to an Agent . . . .
Cover letter - this should include your brilliant pitch - after all, the aim is to get it out of your head & into readers hands. You need to illustrate this point with complete confidence- it tells me you know your story well, you’ve researched your subject, you know your market & you’ve been writing for a while to grasp these points effectively. Also include any writing experience/ awards. I often receive pitches telling me how the idea fell into the writer’s head in the shower... This won’t help your pitch as it‘s not giving me any information about your writing - it’s merely informing me you’ve sensible hygiene habits, well done you! I do however, like to know why you’re writing - minus shower stories! .
Synopsis - I usually request 1 side of A4 - I will always notice if you’ve reduced the font size! This should clearly illustrate your story arc, character metamorphosis etc. I read a pitch 4 times last weekend & asked the writer what their story was about - they were equally confused. If you don’t know your story inside out & backwards, how can an agent grasp it or anyone else for that matter... Most of the time, whatever you’re confused about, have revised, I usually pick up instantly - I suggested a first chapter opening didn’t work, writer said, they’d recently changed it... .
Enjoy the journey, don’t make it a destination exercise - each book you write is a learning curve, if your work is not picked up, it’s hard not to feel disheartened, it’s usually because it’s not ready / an early draft, or your plotting needs careful planning. Ultimately, it’s subjective...One agent may pass, yet another will love & champion it. Most importantly, believe in yourself... It’s a huge & very courageous step putting your writing out there, be proud of yourself! . . .
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