My friend and critique group member, Heather Ostler, author of The Shapeshifter's Secret, was on this panel and she did an awesome job. Go Heather! You rock.
The authors were asked to tell the one thing they thought was most important about pitching their story. Here are some of their answers:
1. Concept is a big one. Narrow it down to one sentence.
2. Make sure your manuscript is clean.
3. Do your research. Look up guidelines and look at your pitch as a business pitch. Market your book as If selling a product.
4. Revise a lot. Have a critique partner read through it and give suggestions.
5. Be sure the pacing is good, that the story moves and flows.
6. Set realistic goals. Organize yourself. Meet deadlines.
7. Don’t’ take things personally (rejections, critiques, reviews)
8. Make sure your work is perfect before you send it out. Be wary of putting out your first novel.