If you’re crafting a pitch, take a moment to absorb some wisdom from Carrie Prestritto of Prospect Agency! Carrie will be accepting pitches at our 2017 Fall Philly/PA Author Day event at the Warwick Hotel in Rittenhouse Square on November 5, so be sure to register and see her friendly face in person.
Everyone say, Hi Carrie!
LB: What is your best advice for crafting a strong pitch?
CP: Try to write something concisely and sharply written (almost as if it were back cover copy) that draws agents in and gets them interested in reading more. You want to showcase your writing, but also get to the point, so that we quickly understand what the story is about and get excited to read more.
LB: What are you looking for/not looking for right now?
CP: You can look at my #MSWL tweets or recent blog post for a more exhaustive list, but right now I’d really love to see more quirky and diverse MG, YA across the board (fantasy, contemporary, and diverse stories), and children’s nonfiction. I’d also really love a fantastic YA memoir.
LB: Are you open to representing picture book authors and/or illustrators?
CP: I do not represent illustrators at all, although I do admire them very much! For authors, I only represent non-fiction or educational pictures, so anything else would be outside my bailiwick.