I will be attending a conference in April, and will soon be able to choose the agent/editor to whom I would like to pitch. My first inclination is to choose an agent pitch, but I was wondering if there are advantages to pitching to an editor that might outweigh the advantages of pitching to an agent.
Also, the agent I am considering pitching to prefers the first three chapters and a synopsis from all would-be clients, rather than just a query letter. Since that's what most agents ask for at a conference pitch anyway, it doesn't seem like it would really get an author ahead of the game to pitch to her at the conference. Is there enough of an advantage to the face time of a conference pitch to make it worth pitching to her anyway, or am I better off using my one allotted face-to-face meeting to pitch to a different agent, one who normally requires query letters but may request a partial from those who are pitching to her?
I'd pitch an agent over an editor any day of the week. First, if you have an agent, you won't need to know what an editor wants; your agent will know. An agent gets you access to editors, one editor does not get you access to an agent.
Second, agents acquire more in any given year than one single editor does.
Third, agents can take things on if they aren't right for a particular publisher; an editor can't.
Fourth, I'm an agent, of course I think we're the first choice, top of the heap, and most desirable. Sheesh.