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Writing

How to Pitch Your Book to an Agent: Step-by-Step Guide

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 • 5 min read

Most writers are comfortable spending hours alone with nothing but their ideas and a notebook or computer screen—if that weren’t the case, they wouldn’t be writers. But when it comes to putting those ideas in front of another person, especially an agent who has the power to make their ideas into a real book, many writers freeze up. How do you distill an idea you’ve been thinking about for months or years into two or three sentences? How do you “sell” your story to people who aren’t as absorbed in it as you are?

The pitching process is a daunting but unavoidable part of the writing life. It can also vary dramatically depending on what kind of book you’re writing.