What time of the year am I talking about? The one with all the conferences. Authors are frantically working to perfect pitches. Editors and agents are headed out to conferences in search for new talent and to meet up with their authors.
Are you in search of just the right words to awe the one you’re pitching to? I can’t help you with that. One thing, I can say is no matter how many articles and books I’ve found, I then come across something that says the opposite. What’s a writer to do?
My first suggestion would be to know yourself. Not every method of pitching is going to work for you. Second, know who you are pitching to. Third, have a backup plan and alternative pitch. You know more baskets to put your eggs in. Last, desperate never comes off well. Not only with pitches but job interviews included.
Have fun! Be professional. Last year was my first RWA nationals I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily for me at my superhero day job, I’ve been to conferences. I’ve even worked to put one together with a team and MC one.
What’s really exciting for me is getting to room with one of my critique partners. She doesn’t know what’s in store for her. I don’t sleep. I’ll also meet my other critique partner.
I think I’ve decided on the editor and agent I want to pitch. On Monday May 17th I must wake up early to sign up on the website. In the meantime, ‘Just keep swimming.’
Any of you out there have pitch experience? What was it like?
Don’t forget my upcoming interview with author Erin Grace May 20 and 21 and a contest give away of her latest release Serenade from Lyrical Press, Inc. We’ll find out what she’s been up to since I last interviewed her and what she has in the works.
Darkness ♀♂ Desires
Aequitas I Betrayal, available from Lyrical Press, Inc
Aequitas II Punishment, coming January 17th, 2011 Lyrical Press, Inc
Chocolate Damsel, Wolf-Spirit Series Book I, coming May 2nd, 2011 Lyrical Press, Inc