The Sydney Writers' Festival is coming up and they have a lottery style "pitch to the publisher" session where ten random writers are picked to deliver a three minute pitch to a panel of four editors/publishers.
Has anyone done a verbal pitch, and can you advise what you did? I've googled the topic and all the advice says "memorise three to four sentences as your pitch." Does this mean the remainder of the time is spent discussing the idea, market etc and having Q&A with the panel?
Also, does my manuscript need to be fully completed or is it enough to have it half to three quarters complete (this is where it is now; I aim to have the first draft completed by then, and maybe even a good chunk of second draft). Or is incomplete not good enough?
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!