One of the writers I met last year had a similar problem. The night before our pitching session, she had the opportunity to chat with the agent she was planning to pitch to. Based on his profile she felt he was "the one." But after talking with him for just a few minutes, she realized he was wrong for her manuscript and quickly changed her pitch session to a different agent. Smart move and she got a request because of it.
What I learned: network and talk to the agents on a personal non-pitchy level. (Preferably before you meet at the pitching session.) It speaks volumes. I plan to chat with my prospective agent at the cocktail hour before dinner (the night before). Keep in mind, I don't plan to even mention I'm a MG writer unless asked. I just want to learn more about her and what she's really looking for.
My Top 10 Fave Blogs on Pitching at a Writer's Conference
- Pitchcraft @ Kidlit.
- Loglines & Loglines, Part Deux @ Random Notes from Holly Bodger.
- 11 Questions for Crafting a Pitch @ Rachelle Gardner.
- How to Maximize Pitch Sessions @ Nathan Bransford.
- Conference Round-up: The Art of Pitching @ Adventures in Children's Publishing.
- Agent Miriam Kriss On: The Perfect Pitch @ Guide to Literary Agents.
- Mastering the Elevator Pitch @ BookEnds.
- The Elevator Pitch: First Floor, Second Floor, Third Floor @ Rachelle Gardner.
- The One Sentence, One Paragragh, and Two Paragraph Pitch @ Nathan Bransford.
- The Difference Between Pitch and Query @ Janet Reid.
- Bonus: Pitch Killers @ Pub Rants.
Have you ever pitched to an agent? If so, what was your experience? Do you have any tips?