Joe’s Post #57
You’d think there wouldn’t be any problems yet. I mean, hey, the darned conference doesn’t start for me until tomorrow. But I am me and problems sometimes swarm around me like angry flies around decaying meat.
First challenge: I can only get one interview with an agent ahead of time. I can get 1 more by standing in line. And I want to see or talk to about eight. Six for sure. So that leaves four to six I’m going to have to hunt down.
So I looked at where they’d be. In workshops? On panels? In the bar? (Sadly, and perhaps dishonestly, no one said they’d be in the bar, but I have to think, if I had to listen to a whole bunch of introvertie writers like me pitch books all day, I would probably buy the bar).
I found all of them were in workshops but one. That’s great. But when I wrote down the schedules in pretty colors, I found that most of them were speaking in different rooms at the same time. Or, worse, three were on a panel together. Hard for me to march up and stand in front of the table and spread my arms wide and say, “Yo, what’s up? Wanna hear a pitch?” So I will have to make some tough choices. I may not be able to speak to a couple of them. But which ones?
Which ones indeed? That’s the second challenge. Do I forego the editor from a respected publisher? Do I chance meeting a newly minted agent from a outstanding agency in the hallway? Can I clone myself in time to be at two places at the same time?
Oh how I wish my writing friends were going with me. We could break those workshops up and find a way for everyone to meet everyone.
Yet this year it’ll just be me. Justjoe. So decisions will have to get made. I may have to fast-pitch someone then sprint (which is, in itself, a funny thing to watch) and then fast-pitch the next person before they can flee to the safety of a bathroom.
It’ll all take planning and a little luck.
But I hate the unknown. I would rather be able to line up everyone if they have free time and sit and chat with them. I can do the chat thing. It’s the pitching on the fly that’ll be a bit of a challenge and god help me if the agents and editors have learned to walk fast!
However, I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. I have charts. I have schedules. I have notes. I have my business cards. I have a great book I can’t wait for others to read.
Oh crap, I just realized I need to iron a shirt. Gotta go. Stay turned. First scheduled pitch is at two, but I hope to blog before that (or cry after that).