Masterclass: Perfect Your Pitch to a Literary Agent

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"Incredible workshop...high quality content with tons of great insight. And the agent, absolutely amazing!" –Adele

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* This is a LIVE, virtual workshop. Limited to 15 Spots. *

Pitching a book can seem intimidating. You can spend hours reading conflicting advice and hear about ‘tricks’ that guarantee results. We’re here to demystify the process and help you know exactly what you need to do to represent you and your book in the best light.

By the end of this 3-hour workshop you will:

  • Learn how to compose a pitch with tried and tested templates.
  • Create a crystal clear pitch that gets an agent’s attention.
  • Practice pitching to an editor and agent and get real-time feedback.

Who’s it for?

  • Fiction or non-fiction writers with an idea, a draft query letter or proposal, who want to learn how to pitch effectively.
  • Any writers who are curious about the process of pitching a book.

What we'll cover:

1. Pitching 101: We’ll cover the role of an agent, the types of agents, the basics of your likely contract with an agent, and a framework to help you choose and pitch to agents – whether you’re pitching a fiction or non-fiction book.

2. Apply the Knowledge & Build Your Pitch: You’ll have dedicated time to draft your pitch and query letter with assistance from your hosts.

3. Pitch to an Agent/Editor: We'll ask for volunteers to pitch your query letter and proposal to Editor Parul Bavishi and Agent Hellie Ogden, and get live feedback on what’s working and what to improve.

Whether you’re simply curious, almost ready or raring to go, this masterclass will help you with your next steps.

"Tonight was the first time I had discussed the book in front of others and I hadn’t realised how nervous I was. It was an exceptional opportunity you created and at such an accessible price point. I have no connection to the literary, editing, publishing world and some times feel like I am struggling in the dark and tonight has been invaluable. It really has been a great evening." – Lucy, fiction writer

YOUR INSTRUCTORS:

Hellie is a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit which has offices in New York and London. Its client list range from the literary (Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joan Didion, Dinaw Mengestu) to the commercial (Thomas Harris, Danielle Steel, Anne Rice, the estates of Sidney Sheldon and Michael Crichton). As well as novelists, the agency represents non-fiction authors of every stripe (Gore Vidal, David McCullough) and is known in the US for the politicians on its roster, including Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Senator John Kerry.

Hellie represents fiction, children’s books and non-fiction and enjoys novels with bold storytelling, moving prose and vivid, thought-provoking characters. In non-fiction she is looking for unique personal stories, cookery, lifestyle, and work that has a social following with cross-media potential. As an editorially focused agent, she has a keen interest in helping to develop and nurture debut writers. Her client list includes brand names such as M.J. Arlidge and Kiran Millwood Hargrave alongside new talents like inaugural shortlistee Sophie Cameron. Follow Hellie on Twitter @hellieogden.

Hellie was a 2019 judge of the Bath Novel Award and has been featured in The Bookseller Rising Stars list 2013 & and was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize in 2014.

Parul Bavishi has been an editor for over a decade. In addition to hosting LWS she helps thriller, YA and non-fiction writers level up their craft and get published. She writes and edits for the Story Grid and Publishing Uncovered. She has worked as an editor and literary scout at Random House, Quercus & Eccles Fisher. She analyses TV hit shows (Killing Eve, You, The Witcher) on the Story Grid Showrunners Podcast.

Matt Trinetti is a writer, publisher, TEDx speaker, and facilitator. In addition to hosting LWS, Matt designs programs to help unfulfilled professionals pursue creative work, start businesses, and reinvent their careers. Matt's work has appeared in Quartz, Observer, Creative Mornings, and on his blog GiveLiveExplore.

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