Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pitching Pointers

By Arianna Skye

Today is a first for me. I am attending my first actual job interview in—well, let’s just say a long time. Not for lack of trying, but the writing and small odd jobs I’ve been doing are no longer paying the bills.  As I sit and think about how to handle the interview, I have a light bulb moment. An interview isn’t really that much different than pitching to an agent and an editor.

So, because of all the conferences and conventions going on, I decided to list a few pointers for those who are perhaps pitching—or interviewing—for the first time.
  • Dress professionally. Sure, you usually write in your sweats and t-shirt, but editors and agents are professionals. As someone once told me, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. 
  • Prepare your pitch beforehand. Be organized. Use note cards. An editor isn’t going to reject you because you occasionally glance down at a card. 
  • Remain calm. Take a deep breath and speak clearly. You need to be quick and consise, but you don’t need to talk a mile a minute. 
  • Be enthusiastic and energetic. Show your pride in your manuscript. 
  • Hook’em, Danno! Make the editor want to read it. Leave him/her hanging. 
  • Most importantly, don’t give up. With each pitch or query letter, your one step closer to a sale.
What other tips/suggestions can you share to make someone’s pitching/interview experience worthwhile?

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