Friday, March 15, 2019

Get Conference-Ready: Perfecting Your Pitch to Literary Agents & Publishers

Pitching a book to literary agents and publishers shouldn’t be more stressful than writing the original manuscript. Learn tips and tricks on how to write and prepare a pitch for your novel. The St. Louis Writers Guild’s April 6 workshop will explore the conference pitch-session process from start to finish. This free workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131.

Leading the workshop is someone who has sat on both sides of the pitching table—author and lecturer, Brad R. Cook. Participants will learn what goes in a face-to-face pitch, as well as what to expect from a remote pitch session. We’ll touch on query letters, using your time, what to include, and just what is an elevator pitch! Plus, we’ll explore tools to find agents and publishers online and at conferences.

Upcoming conferences include the Missouri Writers Guild conference in Cape Girardeau (May 19), and the St. Louis Writers Guild’s Gateway Con (June 14-16) and Penned Con (Sept. 12-14), both in St. Louis.

“I can’t guarantee you’ll find an agent, but you’ll have the tools to do so!” Brad said.

Brad R. Cook, is the author of The Iron Chronicles (treehouse publishing group) and Steamtree: The Airdrainium Adventure (Broadsword Books). A former co-publisher and acquisitions editor for Blank Slate Press, he currently serves as Historian of St. Louis Writers Guild after three and half years as President. He learned to fence at thirteen, and never set down his sword, but prefers to curl up with a centuries’ old classic. Find more at

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