Today I have to decide which agent and editor I want to pitch to at National Conference. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term ‘pitch’, it basically means that you have 10 minutes to sit in front of a member of the publishing industry and tell them about your book and why they want to represent you (agent) or buy it (editor).
In previous blogs (Look back a ways if you are interested) I have equated pitching to speed dating. Hands sweating, heart racing you put your best foot forward and sell, baby, sell while there is a stop watch ticking away the seconds.
Because I am a Golden Heart ® Finalist, this means that on Monday I get first pick on who I would like to pitch to. This is a great benefit of being a finalist, but it is also overwhelming because that means I am pretty much guaranteed of getting ANYONE on the list. So now I have to go through both lists and decide who I want to meet with. Which agent should I search out to partner with? Which editor does it make sense meeting?
At this point, it’s all about research:
Step 1 – which agent/editors are looking for paranormal? Luckily, RWA ® has done that part of the work for me. So I cross off the names who don’t want what I write.
Step 2 – check out the agents websites. Do they have a twitter account, a blog? Can I glean any insight on the person I want to meet with?
Step 3 – review the editor options. Where do my books best fit?
Step 4 – narrow down the list to a few choices
Step 5 – talk to a couple of writer buddies to decide what makes sense
Step 6 – make a decision
Step 7 – put it away and stop thinking about it today
Step 8 – look at it one more time tomorrow as a gut check
Step 9 – put it away and give it a rest already!
Step 10 – sign up Monday morning (and stop obsessing already. Really, stop!)
There – sounds like a plan right? You should know by now that I always have a plan going. Writing things down make them attainable for me. So wish me luck!
Decisions, decisions …