As always I thank the reader who sends me questions. Have you noticed a long lull in my writing lately? It’s because I think I’ve run out of things to say. Oh, and because my clients have been busy little writing bees.
Recently though I got a little help when a reader asked this:
What is your opinion of conference editor/agent pitches? Is there an advantage to pitching that regular submission doesn’t have? I realise you can put ‘requested’ in the subject line when you submit, but does that really do anything?
When it comes to pitches I think there’s a perceived advantage, but, in most cases, no actual advantage. Many agents and editors will admit (at least to each other) that they simply request everything that’s pitched to them because its too uncomfortable to say no. Hence the perceived advantage. In truth, I would guess the same amount of material is seriously considered whether it’s pitched verbally or queried over email.
The one big advantage you often have from a pitch is making yourself memorable (which isn’t always an advantage). In the end though, its the hook, the writing and the marketability that are going to land you an agent no matter how you first meet her.