(Your pitch may promote yourself as a writer or specific book/s.) With this speed-dating-style session, you’ll need to bring your best elevator pitch as you have three minutes to wow an industry professional before the bell rings, and it’s on to the next!
For the Speed Pitch event, editors and agents will be assigned to six rooms, with up to fourteen professionals in each room.
Attendees will be able to sign up for a one-hour time block in one room and will be allowed to spend three minutes with each editor and agent in that room.
The basic information includes your name, current author photo (in case an industry professional wants to reach someone whose face they remember but not a name), email address, website, awards (if any), titles and categories of completed, unencumbered works in process, and a very brief descriptions of WIP. The new format maximizes value for authors who sign up, allowing them to meet with and pitch a greater number of editors and agents in a more effective and productive manner.Attendees who have signed up for Speed Dating will have “SPEED DATING” printed near the bottom of their badge in a box, with the hour that their group will start. There are four Speed Dating groups on Sunday; the first begins at 9 AM. You may not line up to get into the Room of the Dons before your marked hour.We suggest you spend the other three hours in sessions.The second half of the day will be a speed-dating-style pitching session where participants will rotate tables and practice pitch their content ideas to the studios and networks.At RWA2018, we will be implementing a fast-and-furious “Speed Pitch” event in which attendees will be able to meet up to fourteen editors and agents over the course of one hour.Why has the time to pitch changed from 10 minutes to 3 minutes?This shortened time encourages you to hone your pitch into a concise, intriguing "elevator pitch” that will create a lasting impression on editors and agents.To keep things orderly, we will ask the attendees to meet with every participant for three minutes.Even if you do not feel that the editor or agent is a good fit for your work at this time, this is still a great opportunity to network!Will each room have a mixture of agents and editors or one or the other?Can we sign up for an agent speed pitch session and an editor speed pitch session? Attendees will be able to sign up for one one-hour session in one room.