I went to the DFW Writers Conference in Hurst last weekend and had a pitch session with an agent. Have I ever pitched to an agent before? No. Did I try to do a bunch of online research on it before hand? YES! Was I frustrated because everyone said to do different stuff? HELL YEAH.
So… I went back to what one of my writing teachers taught me about doing elevator pitches and coming up with sudden headlines that drive the whole work. I pitched and halfway through, the agent said: Stop… I love it. Send me your entire manuscript with the synopsis. Also, what else are you working on? Great! I want the synopsis for that, too. I like what you write.
Now… that’s based on her never reading a sample of my work, so I hope she still feels the same after she reads it. But hey! I’m positive. Hope it makes her laugh in the right places and hope she’s creeped out when she’s supposed to be. Yeah, I made up a word, “creeped” lol. I’m excited!
So… thanks JAMES PATRICK KELLY for torturing us… er… making us do elevator pitches during workshop sessions at Stonecoast.