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The chance to fine-tune your pitch with feedback from industry professionals Although the purpose of pitching was to generate interest in my manuscript, one of the editors offered me generous advice about current market trends and how she thought I should pitch in terms of genre and market.
Not only did I meet an agent and several editors, I chatted to many other writers while waiting in line. I imagine this is one baby step up from going in the slush pile, but still encouraging.
Even if nothing tangible comes of this pitching opportunity, I know I am capable of delivering a verbal pitch and have come away with the confidence to continue on the querying journey. Only one agent attended my session, and I had unfortunately already queried.
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It was an amazing opportunity provided by the ASA, and all the publishers and agents who gave up their time.
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