Your book is done … or close to done. You want to try traditional publishing, so you’re going to a writer’s conference that features time to pitch to agents (like this one in Madison, Wisconsin). Are you ready?

Here are some things to consider. All eight don’t apply directly to pitching a book. For one thing, you won’t be using a slide show. But several are well worth thinking about.

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