Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Short and Sweet

We've all got a lot going on this week. Sarah is preparing for her trip to the Nevada SCBWI, where she is going to participate in their mentor program. Alison and I are going to Richmond for the James River Writers Conference. I've looked at the list of registrations, and I know we'll see a couple of you there.

JRW offers a five minute agent "elevator pitch" session to conference attendees. I haven't had one in three years. Two years ago the agent I was supposed to pitch couldn't make it due to illness. JRW arranged a substitute, but it was an agent who didn't handle books for children. I gave up my time slot to someone who might have a book that agent would represent. Last year I didn't have project I wanted to pitch.

So here I am, trying to tighten up my log line. I know what my book is about, and I can get it down to a sentence or two. I've rehearsed it enough not to ramble, but not so much that it sounds like a memorized speech. But I'd like it to sound more punchy, you know? So that's what I'm working on this week.

We'll post a sum-up of the conference next week.


Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Good luck with your pitch!! I've never done one of those sessions.

And I'm very looking forward to being Sarah's roomie at the Nevada conference! Only 9 more days!

Michelle said...

Amy, my husband actually refers to Sarah as "your roommate." As in, "How's your roommate?" I stayed with her all week at Chautauqua, and a couple of other weekends for conferences.

I am now thinking of the Nevada event as "countdown to Underdown." ;)

Sarah said...

Amy, I'm so excited! We're going to have such a fun time. I never would have imagine that I'd be sharing a room with someone I've known through the blogosphere!

Michelle, how did I forget that JRW was this weekend? It seems like everything is happening so quickly. I can't wait till all us Slushies have our end of October meeting and compare notes. We may not have time for critiques!

I may, however, require an e-mail update on how the pitch goes. I don't think I'll want to wait till the meeting to hear about that.

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

LOL @ "the countdown to Underdown"!!

Sarah, see you soon!! :)

Michelle said...

I won't make you wait, Sarah, you know that! Alison has a pitch meeting too, I think.

Sarah said...

She does, but I don't remember which day it is...