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Speed Pitch

Friday, July 20, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

At RWA2018, we will be implementing a fast-and-furious “Speed Pitch” event in which attendees will be able to meet editors and agents. (Your pitch may promote yourself as a writer or specific book/s.) With this speed-dating-style session, you’ll need to bring your best elevator pitch as you have three minutes to wow an industry professional before the bell rings, and it’s on to the next!

For the Speed Pitch event, editors and agents will be assigned to five rooms, with a mix of editors and agents in each room.  Attendees will sign up for a block of time in one room and will be allowed to spend three minutes with each editor and agent in that room. A list of industry professionals assigned to each room will be made available before Speed Pitch registration is open.

PAN and PRO members will be able to register starting May 7. All other conference attendees will be able to participate on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event (July 20), as space allows.

Prior to the pitch sessions, participating authors will be asked to provide basic information, and after the event, editors and agents will be given access to a directory that will include contact information for each author with whom they met. The basic information includes your name, current author photo (in case an industry professional wants to reach someone whose face they remember but not a name), email address, website, awards (if any), titles and categories of completed, unencumbered works in process, and a very brief descriptions of WIP.

Questions? Email Carol Ritter at carol.ritter@rwa.org.

Please click Here to download a sample speed pitch template. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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? 

As in previous years, time 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. 

 

Why has the time to pitch changed from 10 minutes to 3 minutes?  

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 pitch session and an editor speed pitch session?

Each room will be a mix of editors and agents. Attendees will be able to sign up for one one-hour session in one room. 

 

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 three 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. 

A complete list of participating editors and agents along with room and time assignments and downloadable grids/spreadsheet is below:

Online Registration for this event is now closed as all apppointments have been taken.  There may be opportunities to participate in the event on a first come basis.  Please visit the event area at the hotel between
8:00 AM -11:30 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018.

The following agents and editors will be participating in the Speed Pitch sessions. (Updated on June 21, 2018)

Pamela

Ahearn

The Ahearn Agency

Nalini

Akolekar

Spencerhill Associates

Mary

Altman

Sourcebooks

Michele

Bidelspach

Harlequin

Patience

Bloom

Harlequin Enterprises

Jana

Bonikowski

The Knight Agency

Kate

Brauning

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Victoria 

Britton

Harlequin

Susan

Brown

Dreamspinner Press

Kerri

Buckley

Carina Press/Harlequin

Bethany

Burke

Blushing Books

Allison

Carroll

Harlequin

Char

Chaffin

Soul Mate Publishing

Brenda

Chin

Entangled Publishing

Cat

Clyne

Sourcebooks

Tera

Cuskaden

Entangled Publishing

Stephanie

Doig

Carina Press/Harlequin

Scott

Eagan

Greyhaus Literary Agency

Claire

Eddy

Tor/Forge

Melissa

Endlich

Harlequin Enterprises

Meghan

Farrell

Tule Publishing Group

Michelle

Feehan

WME (William Morris Endeavor)

Rachelle

Gardner

Books & Such Literary Management

Sue

Grimshaw

Penguin Random House Publishing Group

Pamela

Harty

The Knight Agency

Lane

Heymont

The Tobias Literary Agency

Sheila

Hodgson

Harlequin

Christina

Hogrebe

Jane Rotrosen Agency LLC

Heather

Howland

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Elle

Keck

HarperCollins/Avon

Deidre

Knight

The Knight Agency

Amanda

Leuck

Spencerhill Associates

Kevan

Lyon

Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Adrienne

Macintosh

Harlequin Enterprises

Joanna

MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency

Sara

Megibow

KT Literary

Rhonda

Merwarth

Hallmark Publishing

Beth

Miller

Writers House

Michelle

Morris

Tule Publishing

Emily

Ohanjanians

Harlequin Enterprises

Elizabeth

Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Lori

Perkins

Riverdale Avenue Books

Sarah

Phair

Trident Media Group

Pauline

Reymond

J'AI LU Publishing House

Emily

Rodmell

Harlequin Enterprises

Margaret

Ruley

Jane Rotrosen Agency LLC

Lesley

Sabga

The Seymour Agency

Elaine

Spencer

The Knight Agency

Rebecca

Strauss

DeFiore and Company

Susan

Swinwood

Harlequin Enterprises

Emily

Sylvan Kim

Prospect Agency

Nikki

Terpilowski

Holloway Literary

Suzie

Townsend

New Leaf Literary & Media

Allison

Travis

Blushing Books Eclipse Imprint

Ann Leslie

Tuttle

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC

Jessica

Watterson

Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Deborah

Werksman

Sourcebooks, Inc.

Lynn

West

Dreamspinner Press

Misty 

Williams

Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC

Elizabeth

Winick Rubinstein

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

Cheryl

Yeko

Soul Mate Publishing

Sarah

Younger

Nancy Yost Literary Agency