Katherine Sands


Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including fiction, memoir and non-fiction. Among the books she represents are: The Apothecary’s Curse, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2017 in the First Novel category by Barbara Barnett; and Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a memoir by Lisa Smith that was featured by People Magazine as Notable Nonfiction.

All Sessions by Katherine Sands

10:00 - 11:00
Room 420A

Agent Panel

A discussion with a panel of agents about how to get your work noticed, what working with an agent is like, and more.

11:15 - 12:15
Room 430B

Master Pitch Theater

If Shakespeare had to pitch today, he might have written thus: To speed-date, or not to speed-date, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the zings and arrows of agent feedback
 or take pens and angst a sea of e-mails and by proposing, send them? To write, to weep
 no more, for by a successful pitch, to say we end
 the heartache, and the thousand natural knocks
 that pitch is heir to: publication devoutly to be wished. Your pitch is a performance. Whether you deliver it in person or on the printed page. Literary agent Katharine Sands shows you how to hone the on-page elements and in-person aspects of the pitch to create the actual script you will use at the conference, and beyond. Pitchcraft™ is an invaluable tool—You will learn what to do--and what not to do--when summarizing your book: the description of your book in 200-250 words; -- How to get an agent from the get-go; start in a logical place, yet from a compelling perch; how to encapsulate in clear core points; ways to create coming attractions that whet the reader’s appetite for more—and how to avoid "Querial Killers": the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents. As a writer you are always going to be asked to introduce your work, to share your enthusiasm for your writing, and to get others excited about what is exciting to you. Instruction covers how to take a pitch from ho-um to magnum opus.“Tell me about your work” means: 15 minutes of fame is yours to shine in. This presentation cuts through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU, to read YOU and to say YES to YOU.