Speed Pitch and Industry Marketplace FAQ


Why have editor/agent appointments changed?

The new format maximizes value for authors who sign up, allowing them to meet with and pitch a greater number of editors and agents in a more effective and productive manner.

What if I am not able to sign up for the time slot and room where the editors/agents I am trying to pitch will be? 

Time slots available to meet with specific industry professionals is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The new format provides members with a greater number of potential connections than in previous years. If you are unable to sign up for the time slot/room that you prefer, you may still visit the industry marketplace where you can learn more about the publishing companies and agencies that interest you, and receive information that you can use to tailor your post-conference queries. Lastly, authors may want to wait in the Speed Pitch waiting area during the event for any available open appointments. Volunteers will add waiting authors into open spots during the event.

Why has the time to pitch changed from 10 minutes to 4 minutes?  

Authors will have four minutes to pitch, a volunteer will call for a wrap-up at the three and a half minute mark, and then provide a full minute to switch tables. This shortened time encourages you to hone your pitch into a concise, intriguing "elevator pitch” that will create a lasting impression on editors and agents. This will also allow you to meet with more industry professionals in one hour than was previously possible. Participating industry professionals will also be able to quickly bring your pitch to mind post-conference when they will be provided an online directory of all authors who sign up for the speed-pitch event, which will include contact information and a description of current works. 

Will each room have a mixture of agents and editors or one or the other? Can we sign up for an agent speed dating session and an editor speed dating session?

Every attempt is being made to make sure that each room will be a mix of editors and agents. Attendees will be able to sign up in advance for one session. 

What if I don't wish to pitch some of the industry professionals in my room? Can I only see the industry professionals that I want to talk to? 

To keep things orderly, we will ask the attendees to meet with every participant for four minutes. Even if you do not feel that the editor or agent is a good fit for your work at this time, this is still a great opportunity to network! Sometimes the greatest connections come when you least expect it.

Why did you do away with publisher spotlights and institute the industry marketplace? 

With this model, a greater number of publishers and literary agencies will have representatives available to answer questions from attendees. 

Will I be able to pitch at the Industry Marketplace?

The intention of the industry marketplace is not for authors to pitch their works, but rather to learn more about publishing companies and literary agencies so they are better able to tailor their queries and make publishing decisions post-conference.