Update from the Writers Conference fiasco. The last posting discussed the silver lining of the literary agent willing to hear my pitch via phone, which I had on Saturday this past weekend.
I wasn’t quite on pins and needles like I’m sure I would have been for our in-person pitch session. Over the phone seems a little less nervous. But I was still a little anxious. I knew my pitch, I know the manuscript backwards and forwards, know every little in-and-out of every character and setting. But I’d never ‘pitched’ to an agent before. So when the call came around 1pm, my son was still napping, which I’m eternally grateful for. To have a 2-year-old screaming in the background would have been a little mortifying (even if I had to huddle in my closet with my laptop in front of me). Funny picture? Yeah, that would have been me.
The call was fabulous! She had such great questions about my story, about my writing goals, and I loved the feel of the ‘conversation’ during the pitch. It wasn’t me just talking about the story or myself. It was a brief pitch of the story, and actual back-and-forth questions about it. Questions about what market I was targeting, other authors I thought it compared to, what her preferences were for the genre, etc. A nice discussion.
And now my head is in the clouds. She requested the full manuscript. SWEET!!!! My first full MS request.
But, I know I can’t stay in the clouds for too long. Because I don’t want to be dropped at 20,000ft. I’d rather be dropped from 100ft. (Or not dropped at all, but always be prepared for every scenario, right?) But I will say, the clouds are pretty up here!
*Sweet sigh* Back to writing I go!