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Making the Perfect Pitch: How To Catch a Literary Agent's Eye Paperback – April 1, 2004
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Here's a very useful book for first-time writers. Most how-to books for writers deal with this important subject (finding an agent) in a chapter or two, but Sands, a literary agent in New York, shows that there's a lot more to it than one might expect. Drawing on the experience of a variety of agents (plus one copywriter), she demonstrates that finding an agent involves finding the perfect match between author and representative, between material and market. Think it's easy to write a query letter? Think again: agents get a lot of mail, and you only have one chance to get their attention. Think it's easy to put together a book proposal? Try it sometime, but try not to be too wordy, or too self-promoting, or too been-there-done-that. Do your homework, Sands stresses: don't pitch a genre novel to an agent who deals primarily in nonfiction; do know what other books cover the same ground as yours. But, above all, do read this book, which should teach you pretty much everything you'll need to know. David Pitt
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guidance. The author, Katherine Sands and her team of contributing
agents and editors display enormous generosity of spirit and a genuine
desire to hold a helping hand out to authors looking to navigate their
way through the mysterious and seemingly inaccessible world of publishing .
No author should be without this valuable reference work - keep it by your
side as you prepare to submit your manuscript and avoid many of the common
mistakes writers make when attempting to interest an agent in their latest work.
Learn how to make the Perfect Pitch - follow the steps and prepare to succeed!
Above all, read, write and prosper.
Seasons of Joy and Blessings to all,
This book is not a step-by-step guide on how to craft a pitch (the query letter, the synopsis, the book proposal); the book's strength and value lies in the significant insider information provided by literary agents on what they look for in a pitch, their preferences, dislikes, and advice about pitching "do's and don'ts". You'll get insights from 40 well-known and respected literary agents and experts, including Donald Maass, Jane Dystel, Michael Larson, Sheree Bykofsky, Jeff Herman, and Harvey Klinger.