Pitch Witchery

So I pitched to Becca Stumpf of Prospect Agency today via the chat room over at FF&P. It was less than 10 minutes, but got a nicely enthusiastic response and a request for 30 pages. (Which I’ll send either tonight or tomorrow.)

In theory, I suppose that was only my 4th real pitching session (counting the 3 face-to-face ones at RT). In some ways it was easier – I’m here, in front of my computer, so it’s not like I have to try to speak clearly or be cheerful or make eye contact. Didn’t stop my hands from shaking a little anyway, but lucky for me I was able to cut and paste most of what I had to say.

In other ways, the experience was harder. I mean, sure – they can’t see me…but I can’t see them either. Sometimes it’s hard to judge – are they bored by the concept? Excited? Picking their nose? Writing thank-you notes? Hard to tell what’s going beyond that pixel wall. (And I’m the queen of misreading the typed emotions, apparently, so I’ve been trying to be extra cautious.)

Still, it was a good experience and I’m glad I won the chance to try. So I’ll cross my fingers again and see if I hear anything good back.  πŸ™‚

In the meantime, I’ve done my good deed and paid it forward by running a mini pitch-practice session last week in the FF&P chat room. (And will probably do it again later this week). No, I’m not a guru, but it’s a good place to start and we have a few members who have never pitched anything to anyone. It’s nerve wracking, for sure, to throw the concept of your work in front of someone who could, in theory, make or break you. Getting a chance to do it in a safe environment while you work out the bugs is pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

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4 Responses to Pitch Witchery

  1. bluey says:

    Lady, you are one class act! That's really nice of you to run the sessions. And grats on your own pitch. It must be super exciting to be submitting that 30 pages!

  2. Danica Avet says:

    I'm so happy for you! I also think it's fabulous you were running those pitch practice sessions. I'm sure the ladies who participated appreciated your efforts πŸ™‚ Β 

    Now I have to go check the group to see who else did well last night! Congrats!

  3. mynfel says:

    I think we all did well, which is awesome. Β πŸ™‚

    Really, pitches are like verbal query letters, but I think sometimes the agent/editors are a little more lenient when you're talking directly to them. I think it's fairly rare that they don't ask for *something* (though it *does* happen), even if it's just a synopsis.Β 

    Anything you can do to get yourself at the top of the slush pile is worth doing, you know? And it's awesome to be able to send out an email with the words "Requested Materials" in the subject. Β πŸ™‚

  4. mynfel says:

    Awww, thanks blue. Β πŸ™‚


    I still want some knitted arm socks from you someday, you know. πŸ˜‰

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