Last Friday the day had come; I was getting ready for my first literary speed dating experience. But I was working towards it since May this year. In October, I finally got the green light. Just on time to get ready for the speed dating fun. When I arrived outside the church hall in Glebe where the Australian Society of Authors ASA expected 65 writers for 90 minutes of pitching a few people had already gathered in front of the building. I retreated near a column and rehearsed silently my biography pitch that I had practised over and over during the past days.
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Literary Speed Dating - Brisbane Writers Festival
Photo by rawpixel. A couple of weeks ago I attended my first face-to-face pitching event: These events are generally held in Sydney and Melbourne every year, and are a rare opportunity for writers to pitch work directly to agents and publishers. This year the ASA also offered a similar opportunity for regional writers to pitch via phone or video conference in a virtual literary speed dating event. With a lot of nervous parents. One agent and seven publishers were seated at desks around a large room, and eighty or so hopeful authors lined up for the chance to pitch their work.
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