Preparing For Your Pitch - Friday, June 21st Session

    Friday, June 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM

    Sarah Lawrence College
    1 Mead Way
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    United States

    Instructors: Caitlin Alexander and Cynthia Manson
    Length: 1 session, $85
    Friday, June 21, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    It takes seven seconds to make a first impression. Make your book's first impression count by preparing a pitch that will lead editors and agents to say: "Send it to me!"

    Ahead of June 22nd's Publish and Promote Your Book Conference pitch appointments, you'll gather with fellow writers to present your pitch to an agent and an editor who both have plenty of experience being wowed (and not so wowed) by writers' pitches. You'll present your draft during the workshop, and the emphasis will be on one-on-one feedback to help you perfect both the content and the presentation of your pitch. We'll discuss what agents and editors are listening for, how to turn your pitch into a query letter, and the best practices for following up on requests for your manuscript. You’ll receive a handout with additional tips and guidelines to use in refining your pitch.

    Caitlin Alexander has been editing books for more than fifteen years. She spent much of that time at Random House, where she acquired and edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books as a freelance editor and can be found at

    Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected literary agent who represents a number of bestselling authors in a variety of genres. She graduated from Scripps College for Women in Claremont, CA.  Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing including Sterling Lord Literary Agency, Putnam, Bertelsmann, Scientific American, and Advertising Age Magazine.  She is well connected to the Hollywood community and has brokered numerous deals in the book to film and television market.

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