Making the Perfect Pitch

Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye


Making the Perfect Pitch:
How To Catch A Literary Agent’s Eye
(2nd Edition)
Advice from 45 Literary Agents
by Katharine Sands, ed.

Crispin Books  •  March 2018
Trade Softcover • 312 pages • 6″ x 9”
Writing / Reference / Instructional Guides
$19.95  •  ISBN-13: 978-1-883953-96-6
Ebook: $4.99

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Advice for Writers
How To Get an Agent
How to Get Published
Secrets of Successful Writers
Query Letters • Pitches

“If you’re hunting for an agent, you need to know how to pitch, and Making The Perfect Pitch gives you the ammunition to be dead on target.
– Dee Power, co-author of The Making of a Bestseller

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Think it’s easy to write a query letter? Think again: agents get a lot of mail, and you only have one chance to get their attention…. Do read this book, which should teach you pretty much everything you’ll need to know.

“There is no one formula for success … But there are guidelines and advice that writers will do well to follow, and this book is a great place to start.”
Foreword Magazine

“This essential guidebook gives writers the edge they need in today’s highly competitive market. If you’re serious about getting published, this is a must-read!
– Jeff Herman, author of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents


Katharine Sands, a NYC agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, brings together sage advice from more than 40 literary agents representing the full range of bestselling and prize-winning authors of fiction and nonfiction. The diverse articles from top agents at Trident Media, Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency, Jane Dystel Literary Management, Donald Maass Literary Agency, and other leading agencies will get new writers on the right track when crafting their pitches, query letters, and proposals.

The book is full of sample query-letter excerpts, pitching techniques, essential lists of dos and don’ts, and valuable insights into the tastes and preferences of agents representing all types of books from fiction to nonfiction, children’s books, memoir, poetry collections, and more.

This book will help you:

  • Identify selling points & hooks
  • Write an attention-grabbing, well-structured pitch letter
  • Pitch via email or verbally at conferences
  • Avoid pet peeves of busy agents
  • Understand how to present your writing credentials or author platform
  • Understand the mix of business acumen and personal taste that excites an agent and encourages them to want to represent you and your work

Writers will quickly learn to develop a pitch that truly excites a literary agent, while fulfilling the core business requirements for a book that will be successful in the marketplace.

Making the Perfect Pitch will give you that special edge of insider information to help you break through the barriers to find the best literary agent for your manuscript.


Katharine Sands is a New York literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She has been a popular speaker on writing and publishing topics for Poets & Writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and for countless writer conferences from New York to Maui. Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including fiction, memoir and nonfiction. She represents books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks at issues, life challenges, or popular culture. For fiction, she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.