Virtual Client Connections
Client Connections’ little sister, Virtual Client Connections, offers even more opportunities to land new clients.
During Virtual Pitch Slams (VPS) professional members are given an opportunity to pitch stories or books to one editor or agent in a group setting.
Previous Virtual Pitch Slam participants include: National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, Boston Globe, Costco Connection, MIT Technology Review, and Business Insider.
VPS is a one-hour Zoom meeting with editors, agents, and members. During the meeting, selected members offer pitches and editors offer constructive feedback. Only professional members can register for VPS. Pitchers are selected first-come, first-served.
A recording of each VPS is available after the meeting. Both professional and associate members will have free access to these recordings.
It’s easy to watch and/or listen to a recording of a previous Virtual Pitch Slam. Just click here for the most up-to-date recordings available.
All VPS recordings are added to the Resource Finder as soon as possible. Search for a publication or client using the keyword search, or scroll down to the pink box and click Client Networking.
These recordings are only available to Professional and Associate members of ASJA. If you are not a member, get benefits and application details!
(If no VPS events are listed, there are none scheduled at this time.)
Held several times a year, Virtual Pitch Slams (VPS) are one-hour, interactive video conference calls during which a moderator hosts a client and ASJA members share live pitches. The client then provides constructive feedback on each story idea.
Professional ASJA members sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis using an online form to get one of the pitching slots. We will announce when the sign-ups begin well in advance, via ASJA Weekly and on the ASJA Facebook page, so members can take note of the date. Once signups open, you can click on the live link on the ASJA website’s VPS page to register.
Each participant gets two minutes to pitch one or two story ideas while other registered members listen in.
No. It is first-come, first-serve. We take a maximum of 12 participants.
A week before the VPS, each participant will receive detailed information provided by the editor outlining what they’re looking for. Use this as a guideline to carefully prepare your pitch, making sure that it meets the client’s criteria.
• Do not bring non-relevant pitches to VPS! Clients are expecting our members to bring on-target, on-brand ideas.
• No need to introduce yourself or recite your biography. Editors will get a list of participants and a link to their websites in advance.
• To make sure all members have time to pitch, you will be muted after two ideas are pitched or after your two minutes are up.
We post VPS recordings on the website shortly after the event, so all ASJA members can have access. Listening to fellow writers pitching is a great way to learn what an editor is looking for, which can help you pitch future stories to their publication or organization. Access VPS recordings from the ASJA Resource Finder.
We welcome suggestions for clients to approach! Contact Client Networking Chair Wendy Helfenbaum through her member profile.