Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I'm Back! Beware...just saying

So I took a blogger break. I didn't mean for it to go so long, but I got a ton done.

Painted my hallway...

finished my term paper...

took a vacation.

But I'm finally back now and trying to get to everyone's blogs. I'm also preparing for a pitch session next week at a writer's conference. Here's what I've learned so far about pitch sessions:

Try not to be too nervous...agents are just people (I think this one is easier said than done).

Have your ms done. (I'm still polishing...will it every get squeaky clean?)

Have your pitch ready to tell the agent (like a person, not like a robot).

There you go! I need to be calm, clean, and not a robot (repeat, don't be a robot). *sigh* It will be awesome, I can't wait.

Have any of you had a pitch with agents or writers? How did it go?

Okay, I'm off to read everyone's blogs. Have a great week everyone!

22 comments:

Summer Ross said...

I am going to attend a conference this summer but I have never pitched anything- I'm not at the conference either, this is my first real writers conference so I'm going to check things out first.

ali said...

Welcome back! You've been missed!

And yay for pitch sessions! Who is yours with? I'm meeting Sara Crowe. Yes I've done pitch sessions before, but they are still nerve wracking. We just feel like we have SO MUCH riding on it . . . it's hard not to get worked up over it.

But I'm certain if you remember your three rules there, you'll do just great!

Patti said...

I haven't but I still get nervous when someone asks me what my book is about. I say practice on real people as much as you can.

Good luck.

Sara B. Larson said...

Welcome back! Glad you got so much done. I didn't know you went on vacay, where did you go?

And I'm sure you'll rock your pitch session. Crossing my fingers for you!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yay! Glad you're back!

Good luck with your pitch. I never pitched before, but I know you'll do great!

Becca said...

Those are pretty great pitch rules. I hope it goes perfectly. And I will see you there! Yay. :)

Elliot Grace said...

...welcome back V:)

Figured you were off meddling, editing, fine-tuning that WIP...like the rest of us:)

Us writers...so damn predictable!

EL

Shari said...

It's good to have you back! I'm tired after hearing about all you got done.

Lynn said...

We have a conference coming up and I asked if I could just sit in on the 'pitching' to learn, but the answer was a firm no! Well, I thought it was a good idea! Glad to hear you got in a real vacation during your time away.

Vicki Rocho said...

The predominate pitching advice at the conference I just got back from was to have your pitch be about 2 minutes long to allow the agent/editor the opportunity to ask you questions and open up a conversation about the book. Good luck!

Susan Fields said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you got so much done - it's a great feeling, isn't it?

I've never had a pitch session with an agent - good luck! I'm sure you'll do great.

Janet Johnson said...

Welcome back! And best of luck with your pitch session. I get so nervous, but really, every agent I've ever met is super nice. Just treat them like a normal human being, and you'll be all set. :)

Katie Mills said...

I wish! But no, I've never been to a writer's conference and probably never will as long as I'm living in France:(

Elana Johnson said...

Glad you're back, and your pitch is going to rock!

February Grace said...

Glad you're back- you were missed!

You are going to do an amazing job. Your battle experience as a wife and mom has more than prepared you to talk to a room full of people about your book! I know you've done much harder stuff! We believe in you!

Will be keeping good thoughts and hoping to hear about it after its over!

hugs
bru

Jolene Perry said...

Can't wait to see you there!
All the pitch sessions I wanted with people were GONE when i went to sign up...
BUT I'm hoping to learn a lot and have a blast!!
We'll see YOU next week :D

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Welcome back and WTG on all you gone done!

I'd say have your pitch planned out, know your manuscript and how to sell it in very few words. Be yourself and be friendly. If the opportunity comes up to visit with the agent or editor at any time during the conference go for it. Be memorable, but not wacky memorable. LOL!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Yay! Now we can be back at the same time, bff! Missed ya! :-)

L.T. Elliot said...

You've been busy! I'm so happy you're nearly through with school! Yay! Long, luxurious days of writing are ahead of you! Yay!

David Powers King said...

Welcome back!

It's okay to be nervous. My first pitch turned out much better than expected. They are just people, just like you. Good luck with your pitch!

Tiana Smith said...

I'm sure you won't sound like a robot :) But I agree, agents are people too, and as long as you keep that in mind, you should be good! Good luck!

Michelle Teacress said...

Welcome back!

Wow, you're brave. I'm not at the pitch stage yet. I'll be rooting for you this weekend. Go, go, go!