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From Pitch to Page: an introduction
with Literary Agent Katharine Sands

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This event is hosted in partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference and the San Francisco Chapter of the Womens' National Book Association.

This event will take place via Zoom. Please register here.

Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt. But few writers know what it takes to make agents yell at first glance: “Eureka, I’ve struck gold!” And a first glance is all that most writers will get before the agent moves on without ever reading further. This introductory presentation cuts through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU, to read YOU, and to say YES to YOU.

Consider this an intro class. In August, Katharine will dive into a full class where she will show you the best ways to showcase your writing as a bold, new entry into its category—and yourself as a potential author with an intriguing book poised to spring forth. We look at hooks, selling points, and engines; and how to avoid Querial Killers: the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents and on All-Important Page One.

Katharine Sands is the agent provocateur of the book Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents. A New York City based literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books.

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