(I learned this personally while pitching a novel today at LDStorymakers Conference.)
- Wear a black shirt. (It goes well with your pale, writerly skin.)
- Have super low expectations. (It's best to expect your pitch session to be a total bomb—that way you won't be nervous.)
- Smile. (Because you care about people.)
- Be confident. (Remember: nothing at stake—it's all already lost.)
- Be mindful of the agent's emotions. (Like it's good to notice when she starts to stare blankly—so you can swerve to the left.)
- Have a story that's at least as good as The Hunger Games. (Yes, you do.)
If you do these six things, you can't possibly lose. Can't possibly lose.
|The note she slipped me.|
P.S. I'm sitting typing in an empty hotel conference room, waiting for the next event, and this white-haired woman came in and sat down and put her nose in a book, and she keeps snickering really loud. It's awesome.
P.P.S. John Brown is my favorite presenter so far, and all his stuff about writing is already online here: http://www.sfwa.org/2010/12/key-conditions-for-suspense/.