April 30th, 2012
Back From The Conference

I survived. I was worried there for a while that I wasn’t going to make it, but I survived my first attempt at pitching a book. This weekend I went to the Desert Dreams Conference. (If you ever get a chance to go, it’s a really great conference.) Anyway, I had appointments with three agents. Overall, I think they went pretty well. I received a request for a full and a request for a partial. Two out of three ain’t bad for a first try. πŸ˜‰ I’m just happy that it helped me narrow my list.

I’ve always been good at writing blurbs, but pitching isn’t exactly the same thing. Thankfully Gini Koch and Erin Quinn helped me tremendously with my pitch. I actually think it’s the best that it can be. Of course now I have to get everything else together (i.e. polish the synopsis, make any final tweaks, etc.), since the requests have sped up my original timeline. (I’d planned on sending the book to an editor before doing the official agent query rounds.) It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen with these first submissions.

I just wish the little voice in my head saying, ‘This is the worst time to try to sell a book.’ Β would shut the hell up.

4 comments to “Back From The Conference”

  1. ‘β€˜This is the worst time to try to sell a book.’

    I’m glad you didn’t start off your pitch with that line. πŸ™‚ I have a question. I’m sure you’ve had agents request a full look before. What would you think is a legitimate amount of time before inquiring about progress on their ‘look’?

  2. Bernard, I thought about leading with that statement, but decided against it. *ggg πŸ˜‰

    To answer your question, first I’d go to their website and make sure there isn’t a timeframe listed. A lot of agencies do list how long they’d like you to wait before you follow up. If there isn’t a time on their site, then I’d check with them at the two month mark (i.e. after eight weeks). You could wait for three months, if you feel more comfortable doing that, but no longer than that. They should know something by then or should at least be able to give you an update on their progress.

  3. Thank you. I’m checking. It’s been two months. I wouldn’t give it a thought at the two month period, but she didn’t acknowledge receiving the manuscript. So… you actually considered the line, huh? You would have either gotten a laugh or the Vulcan Death Stare. πŸ™‚

  4. Bernard, Then it’s definitely time to follow up, if for no other reason to find out if she received it.

    Yes, I did, indeed. I wouldn’t be worried about it either way, since I’m pretty sure I can take Spock. πŸ˜‰ *ggg