Can you believe Fall Philly/PA Author Day is only three weeks away? If you’re planning on pitching one or more agents at the event, read below for some advice and guidelines from Pippin Properties agent Larissa Helena!
LB: Hi there, Larissa! Got any good advice for crafting a strong pitch?
LH: Everyone will try to give you a lot of rules about how big it should be, how much of the story you should tell etc. But what is really important, at least for me, is to find the answer to the questions: why did you have to write that story? Why did you have to write that story? And why did you have to write that story? In other words, find a way to convey your passion and why your story is unique.
LB: What are you looking for/not looking for right now?
LH: I love twists and to be surprised by the end of a book. In contemporary fiction, I love different voices, quirky characters and diversity all around. On the YA side, I am always looking for innovative fantasy and sci-fi. It’s one of the hardest things, to dive into realms so full of tropes and clichés and bring back something new. As for middle-grade, I’d like to see a genuinely funny book. As in laugh-out-loud-on-the-subway funny.
I am not looking for rhyming picture books.
LB: Are you open to representing picture book authors and/or illustrators?
LH: At Pippin we represent both authors and illustrators of Picture Books. I’d be particularly thrilled to find someone who both writes and illustrates.