I did my first pitch a few years ago. An agent was at a meeting and there were several slots left to fill thanks to bad weather that prevented some from coming.
This wonderful woman talked me into pitching my book, which was not quite finished. I did. It was a great experience. I'm thankful I have it under my belt. The agent was very nice and talked about the market for my book (which, at that time, was good).
I've been told, however, that you are not to pitch until a work is completely finished - especially if you are a newbie. I was a journalist for 10 years, so I have the follow through. (Still got boxes of clips to prove it.) Does that count for anything?
At what point in manuscript completion is it appropriate to pitch?