Posted in Uncategorized, tagged agent, agent response, agents, fiction, Hook, Mystery Writers of America, novel pitch, Sisters in Crime, waiting game on October 22, 2013 |
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An email arrived inviting me to choose my top three agents for the pitching session at the Crime Bake Conference, sponsored by Sisters in Crime New England and Mystery Writers of America during the weekend of Nov 8-9-10.
This year, the organizers are offering eleven agents and editors for our selection process. Bios for them all are provided on the Crime Bake website.
And so my analysis began! I read each bio to discover what sub-genre that agent is seeking at the moment, and their experience in the publishing industry. A follow-up exploration of each corporate websites with a browse through their most recently published authors solidified if they seem to be a good match for my mystery/romance story.
I settled on my top three, registered my picks via the online form, and will now wait until I register at the conference to find out which one is my assigned agent.
The pitching session will take place on Saturday afternoon during the conference weekend. Those authors who are participating will be collected outside the pitching room, and herded in as a group to spend our five minutes in front of the pour assigned agent. If all goes well, and my pitch includes enough of a hook, the agent may request more of my story. Wouldn’t that be encouraging?
Cross your fingers!
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Posted in Agent Review, Conferences, revision, Seminars, Uncategorized, tagged agent response, deadline, fiction, first line of chapter one, first novel, Hook, manuscript, Mystery Writers of America, opening scene, revision, Sisters in Crime, Synopsis, writing groups on October 1, 2013 |
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Well, today was the deadline to submit 15 pages for a manuscript evaluation at the upcoming Crime Bake Conference, sponsored by Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
After several revisions, I managed to condense the first 13 pages of my story to end with Chapter 2 where the initial hook hopefully sinks in. The first page was a cover sheet, and the second a one-page synopsis. How difficult was that to write??? All the broad strokes on one page!
My submission will be assigned to an agent, an editor, or a published mystery writer for evaluation. I’ll find out who when I register on November 8.
The two of us will find a quiet corner in the Hilton Hotel and spend fifteen minutes together. She will tell me what she thinks of my story and my writing. It will be a nerve-wracking experience, but a necessary evil. After sending my story through two separate writing groups, eliminating my original opening chapters and many unnecessary scenes, plus rewriting the first page a gazillion times, I can only hope that my evaluator thinks my story is in pretty good shape.
During this conference, I will also pitch my book to the attending agents. Maybe I’ll finally get a bite!
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