Sunday, February 8, 2009

Back Home

I have no idea what to say. My brain is numb. "You make it sound like you were there for a week!" Paul says of my 3 days at Love Is Murder. Maybe I'll have processed it all better by tomorrow.

Great conference.

The experience of pitching in person is terrifying.

And one of the best uses of time and money for a writer I can imagine.

In a letter or e-query you can't see the agent's face, can't see what she's really responding to, where you need to explain more, what's actually exciting her. And you can't ask follow-up questions.

I learned SO MUCH this weekend. And now I have a lot of work to do. Good night!


  1. I forget who, but someone had a blog out this weekend that agents aren't interested in pitches at conferences. Basically, their point was that the agents are just too polite to tell you no to your face so they ask you to send them your query, regardless.

    Does that match your experience, or did you find some that you think were sincerely interested?

  2. Hi Sarahlynn! I found your blog after reading your comments on mine. Took me this long LOL! I'm not the most savvy blogger out there.

    In any case, I never thought about my website link, nor my thanks to Judy Biggert as advertising my political beliefs. But I can see how it would appear that these things do. It's a bit more complicated than that...

    But your book sounds fascinating. I love reading stories like yours, even if I'm trying to skirt the political issue myself. I hope you have great luck and that all your pitches and submissions come back with agents asking for more!

    Hope to see you at the next LIM, or before...


  3. I was thinking of the second amendment stuff, but you're right - it's always more complicated than it appears, isn't it?

    Thank you so much for tracking me down and for the well-wishes! :)