Path to Published – Pitching the Novel

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October 30th, 2009

I went to my first conference last weekend. NJRW puts on an awesome event! While I was there I had the opportunity to “pitch” my novel for the first time. Pitching is exactly what it sounds like. Think sales pitch.

Those of you who don’t know me personally, I’m fearless. However, this experience put my nerves to the ultimate test. (And I have three children!) You are essentially sitting down across from an agent or editor and trying to convince this person your novel is worth taking the time to read. Oh, and you have five minutes to successfully complete this task.

I signed up for a slot months in advance and as the date the conference grew nearer, I began to question my sanity. Yet Saturday morning, I found myself sitting across the table from an agent for the first time in my life. (I won’t mention her name here, mostly because I didn’t ask her permission.) So here’s the truth; I have no idea what I said. I remember talking about the book. I remember her asking lots of great questions. I know I had answers for all the questions and she was excited about the novel’s concept.  But I couldn’t tell you what words came out of my mouth if my life depended on it.

I must have said something right though, because she asked to read the entire manuscript.

As always, I’ll keep you posted on my journey.

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