November 5-7, 2020
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Writer's Digest Conference Pitch Slam

Experience the Pitch Slam—a rare opportunity to pitch your book directly to vaunted agents and editors in search of new voices! Advocate for your book in a high-energy environment, and you might just become another Pitch Slam success story.

“The highlight for me was the Pitch Slam, where I had the chance to pitch my book to seven amazing agents. I had requests for a partial or full manuscript from all seven agents, which felt like a great success. Then came a Christmas surprise: an offer of representation from Stacy Testa of Writers House on December 25th! It was a great way to end the year, and she has been wonderful to work with at every step of the publishing process.”

Sandi Ward, 2015 WD Annual Conference Attendee, author of The Astonishing Thing (October 2017) and Something Worth Saving (November 2018) from Kensington Books

How it Works

We’re rounding up best-in-class agents and editors for the Pitch Slam, and we encourage you to check back often for updates. Once the roster is finalized, you can determine which ones are right for your genre, and plan out the perfect pitch.

On the day of the event, you’ll meet one-on-one with as many of your preferred agents and editors as possible in the 1-hour time slot. Each pitch lasts three minutes, composed of a 90 second pitch and a 90 second response from the agent/editor with feedback.

What You Get

  • Immediate feedback on the merits of your book directly from agents and editors working in that genre or category
  • Actionable advice on perfecting your pitch, and/or ways to improve your storyline or nonfiction premise
  • The opportunity to land representation—or perhaps even get a publishing deal
  • Inclusion of your query letter in the WD Annual Conference Query Letter Directory, supplied to all attending agents and editors following the conference.

Keys to Pitch Slam Success

  • Do your research. There will be more than 50 agents and editors on hand and some will be a better fit for your writing than others. Be sure to study the list of attending agents and target those who handle your genre or interest.
  • Practice makes perfect. This is your chance to sell your book, so write it out, practice it and perfect your pitch. Use a stopwatch so you can keep time—and their attention!
  • Get expert advice. To help you prepare, attend the Pitch Perfect session on Friday. You’ll learn how to hone your pitch and get more comfortable with presenting live. You’ll also gain the confidence you need to make a great impression.