10.24.2006

Going to Writing Conferences? -part 2

Just a reminder that Miss Genoese said it first, said it better, and it bears repeating:

here

10 comments:

pjm said...

Excellent. I invited Anna to a conference and she did a great job. I'm glad to see I followed a lot of her conference dos and don'ts...

The ladies at BookEnds also posted some very useful info in response to my question re conferences.

sallymannder said...

The minutes I took to read this may well be the best spent time of my day. I am attending a conference in November and will be pitching my first book for the first time. I filled with anxiety every time I thought about it. After reading this, printing it out, highlighting parts, I feel confident, capable, and determined to do well. My question to you is, what would I ever do without you, Miss Snark?

Kim said...

This is a great how-to for anyone who's nervous about their editor/agent pitch. I think the rehearsing part is probably the most important nugget to remember. You'd be amazed at how well you remember your pitch if you've gone through it a number of times. Even if you really think there's no way you ever will memorize it - practice out loud and chances are you will.

As for being nervous - most editors and agents expect that and not many would hold it against you. Especially if you're pitching one hell of a manuscript :)

katiesandwich said...

Fabulous! This is great information. Although I'm frustrated right now because she said that you don't want your first book ever to be part of a series, and mine is, and I would cut open my wrists and bleed myself almost to death to be published by Tor... Ah, well. After I finish my WIP, I was going to take a break from my series to write a book that could definitely stand alone if need be, so if things don't work out with my current story, at least I'm not totally screwed. And of course, Tor isn't the only fantasy publisher out there; maybe Daw or Bantam Spectra feel differently about first-time authors and series.

Sue said...

I want to read that book, the one Miss Genoese pitched.* I want to know more about ... Hey! Wait a minute. Rodney McKAY!?!?! mumble mumble mumble

*See, the pitch worked.

shelby said...

Thanks for re-posting this for us newcomers, Miss Snark. I wish I'd had your website 10 years ago when I was querying my two fiction novels (I'm afraid to go look, but I'm pretty sure I used that exact phrase). Thank dog I'm catching up.

Tattieheid said...

Most of the do's and don'ts are pretty commonsense. It's amazing how commonsense can go out the window when you're "on the spot" though, a bit like job interviews really.:)

I was very taken with the last bit of her post concerning the "perfect pitch". She loved it, asked for the manuscript, read it (enjoyed it or not?) but it still didn't get published. A gentle reminder that there are a lot of hurdles between the starting post and the finish line.

Termagant 2 said...

Sounds like the consistent element in the pitch she liked was the author's knowledge of it and enthusiasm over it.

I'll try to ratchet up the enthusiasm factor next time. Frankly, most of my agent pitches at conference have tended to damp my enthusiasm for the piece I'm pitching, not boost it.

And how comforting to know that the agent with whom I'm speaking may have just returned from the bar where she got shit-faced. That's enough to inspire confidence in anyone.

T2

Ryan Field said...

I've always thought "Writers Conference" should be changed to "Authors Conference" because there's huge difference between a writer and an author.

tinkerbell said...

Very interesting indeed. Thanks.