Surrey Writer’s Con (how not to pitch)

Joe’s Post #59

I sat across from Mandy Hubbard, too afraid to pour myself a glass of water for fear she’d see how much my hands were shaking.  I think my first word to her, after I introduced myself was “urk.” I’m not even sure it was a word. More like a sound of my brain exploding.

Then I went into my pitch.

Ok, it was not the best pitch in the world. I vomited out words so fast that I think I heard the sound barrier break with a great boom. I have no recollection of what I said. Did I say young adult or teenager? Did I mention the choices they would have to make? Did I even speak English?

Luckily, Mandy Hubbard was awesome and super nice and very, very patient. When I paused to gasp for breath, she was able to ask me some very good questions and clarify what my story was about, what the world was like and what the challenges my story would face in getting sold.

Short version. Not a lot of YA fantasy out there like this. Sort of good news bad news. Lots of mid-grade but it’ll be a tough climb to sell this one. It’ll all depend on the writing.

And I’m ok with that. I totally am.

We talked about the story for a few minutes, she took my business card (and had a laugh).  I took hers and she wanted to see the first pages, to see if it could appeal to a YA audience.  I’ll send that off to her on Monday. Maybe Tuesday. Not that it isn’t ready to go, it sure as hell is, but no sense in sending when she’ll be in transit or recovering from the conference.

So, despite a iffy pitch at best, a success. I have someone who will actually look at my writing.

I am happy.

Now, three more to go.

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About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.

8 thoughts on “Surrey Writer’s Con (how not to pitch)

  1. I think the whole concept of “how not to pitch” – certainly in this case – is very dependent on the person who’s receiving the pitch. Certainly there are ways of pitching that you DEFINITELY want to avoid, but if the person listening has good people skills, isn`t rushed off their feet and hating the entire process, and recognizes your verbal diarrhea as nerves and can work toward calming them, then it will end up the way this one did, with the best closing you could hope for at this point: “I am happy.”

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