“You are living your dream.” One of my best friends just recently reminded me of this and they are 100% correct. This is my dream. Writing is what I have always wanted to do, and I am now 6 months into my journey. I have journals since I was a teenager and college creative writing course papers’ that commend my passion, but remind me, I have a lot of work to do in polishing my energies. My Nana used to have a stone polisher?
In my own environment, I am not a shy girl, but when it comes to writing EVERY insecurity possibly known to mankind comes to the surface; shortness of breath, shaking, slurred speech, cold sweats and talking faster than a speeding bullet.
Here comes my first big piece of advice, something I even taught my kids, “Life is an acting job.” This comes in handy when you are at your most vulnerable. And, I learned this again after this past summer’s conference. The second snippet of wisdom is, “Be Remembered.” Thank you Sandi!
I think I accomplished this in all the wrong ways…wah, wanh, wah! I promise… my second time, I will be sooo much better. 🙂
And so…here we go…My first experience pitching to agents…Need I remind you, I have never had a problem making a fool of myself and owning it like a true professional.
- 10 minutes is a long, painstaking time to make a complete ID 10 T of yourself. Even if your acting is polished where your writing is not.
- Know your genre. You must know this so you can pitch to the right agents of that subclass and as Sandi has explained can be a difference of agency opinion. I, unfortunately, believed my genre was Romantic Fantasy, GONG! I was quickly informed it is Paranormal Romance, that trended to be the going theme, and so, I am running with it.
- Do your research on who you are pitching to and what they are specifically looking for. You must go beyond the conference bio’s. I had the pleasure of sitting with a nice gentleman whose genre base could not have been further from that of my manuscript, (Has anyone heard of graphic novel? Yeah, me either until that most unfortunate moment.) F M L, serious typo in the conference documents. Too bad for slimy handed, good smelling, stuttering moi’, but I did remember to bring my best smile and polite exit. No, I didn’t get my money back.
- If you are writing romance and seeking representation from an agent, your manuscript must be a minimum of 80,000 words, or they will blankly wonder why you are sitting in front of them, mine was 65,000, much better to have to add to a story, than to trim off. I think I threw up in my throat a little.
- Self-publishing has a completely different rule book. 1 stumbling step at a time.
And all this, only 30 minutes of a 3 day event. Life is good.