She did everything wrong.
I wanted to cover my eyes and ears and sink down into my chair. I sat with four other writers in a circle around the agent as the lady next to me pitched her idea.
Hadn't she read any articles on what to say and do? She said God told her to write these stories; that they flowed from her heart to her mouth. Then she rattled off a dozen titles.
I groaned and watched for signs that the agent would stop her from embarrassing herself anymore.
But he didn't.
She offered to read something.
And he let her.
I dared a quick look at the others around me. A mirror of my own thoughts.
But then she opened her notebook and read. Sweet. Powerful. Amazing. Words.
With the strongest voice I've ever heard.
Yes, she did everything wrong. And the agent asked for more.
It's all about good writing in the end, isn't it?
Are you spending more time getting your presentation right or your writing right?