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. 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.’ would shut the hell up.