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Pitch Perfect

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Pitch sessions have become a common, and popular, feature of most writer conferences and festivals. Some are private, where writers and illustrators get to present their work one on one to editors, publishers and agents; others are in public, where creators present their work to a panel of publishing professionals, in front of an audience of fellow attendees. The private sessions tend to be longer; the public ones shorter. With both types, prior preparation is the key. But on the day itself, you also need to keep in mind certain things which will help you strike the right note.  Here are some tips based on my experience of seeing it from both sides of the pitch table!

Over to you: what do you think are the most important elements of a successful face to face pitch?

About Sophie Masson [1]

Born in Indonesia of French parents, and brought up in France and Australia, Sophie Masson [2] is the multi-award-winning and internationally-published author of over 70 books, mainly for children and young adults. A bilingual French and English speaker, she has a PhD in creative practice and in 2019 received an AM award in the Order of Australia honours list for her services to literature.