Once again, StokerCon™ will offer an opportunity for attendees to pitch their projects directly to publishers, editors, and agents!
What Is a Pitch?
A pitch is a concise, engaging description of your project meant to pique the interest of the person to whom you are pitching your story. Make your pitch short—two or three sentences at most—and be prepared to answer questions.
What Should I Pitch?
Pitch finished projects. Do not pitch ideas. Make sure your work is error-free and ready to submit. However, do not bring the manuscript with you. If someone shows interest in your work, they will ask you to submit it once you return from StokerCon™.
To Whom Should I Pitch?
Choose pitch takers who actually represent your project. If you’ve written a Young Adult Horror novel, make sure the person/people to whom you want to pitch represent/publish YA Horror. This is a critical part of the pitch process—do your homework before you decide to whom you wish to pitch. You have one shot with this person. Make sure it counts.
How Do Pitch Sessions Work?
There are a limited number of pitch session for each publisher, editor, or agent assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, in the order the requests are received. When you preregister for a pitch session, list up to three of your preferred pitch takers. This helps your chances to get at least one of your favored choices.
What to Expect at a StokerCon™ Pitch Session
Prior to the pitch sessions, publishers, editors, and agents taking pitches will appear on a panel to discuss the best ways to pitch your project, what they are looking for in a pitch, and what not to do while pitching. Anyone scheduled to give a pitch is strongly advised to attend this panel. Each pitch lasts ten minutes. You will have five minutes to pitch your project, and an additional five minutes for question-and-answer. At the ten-minute mark, you will be notified that your pitch session is over. At that time, smile, thank the person across from you, and exit the ballroom. We typically have over sixty pitch sessions scheduled, and timing is critical. Any holdup throws the whole schedule off.
What If You Don’t Get a Pitch Session with Your Top Choice?
Demand is high for pitch sessions. It is possible you may not get your top choices. Don’t despair! Most agents and editors attend the full StokerCon™ weekend and are willing to chat with you at other times during the convention—as long as you approach them in a polite, professional manner. Maybe offer to buy them a drink at the bar. But most of all, be considerate, be concise, and don’t take up too much of their time.
We will announce our pitch session stars in 2021, with sign-up to follow soon after.