I had planned to pitch to one agent. My appointment was set for 3:45 on the first day of my conference. During the wait, I watched other friends go to their appointments and eagerly awaited the results. Some good, some not so good.
What I found out ahead of time was there would be five other writers and we would all sit around a round table. Whoever sat to the right or left of the agent or editor would go first. One could read her pitch, or wing it or wait for the agent/editor to ask the questions.
So okay. I checked my watch a lot and looked on the map provided to find the proper room. Lower lever--in the kids area.
I was the second person to enter. The agent left for a break as I passed through the doorway. Yeah--they looked like their blog picture. Check. I had the right room.
A few other writers filtered in and we exchanged pleasantries. I was freezing in my light weight blazer. Why hadn't I packed sweaters? I shivered and twisted my One Sheet in my hands.
The agent started with a young woman to her right. I sat somewhere dead center.
But then agent's next sentence took away my fears."I'm not looking to agent any new writers for about a year due to the economy."
Ugh. I wanted to pack up my paperwork and head upstairs. Why hadn't we been told this news? Why had I wasted my only pitch session on someone who I need not impress? I could see similar thoughts jump around the table. But instead of standing and excusing myself, I stayed like everyone else did and listened.
To some really good advice.
What I thought was a waste of my time turned out to be a moment of gaining some valuable advice about my work. The genre.
When I finished there, I headed back to the registration desk and managed to slip into a slot with Wordserve just because I wanted to meet another name I've read about and admired.
None of your time is a waste at a conference.
Check back to my next post where I share about my other appointments and the results.
Again--as you read this, I should be flying back over the country to sunny, WARM Florida where once I get my sleep back, I will be catching up with you all:)