As most of you know, I live in the middle of famous sweet corn country! I'm not complaining, I wouldn't live anywhere else. But, as far as writing conferences go, there aren't a lot to choose from. At least not locally. For a few years, a small group of us put on a multi-genre conf, and it was good, but not RWA based.
For me to travel to Orlando isn't practical of financially feasible. Even the Denver groups are difficult to attend.
However, The Heart of Denver RWs is hosting a one-day event in October featuring Christine Witthohn of Book Cents lit agency. I jumped to sign up for a pitch.
Now, I'm panicked.
Even though I've been at this biz for about a 101 years now, my pitching consists of exactly twice--once to Leslie Wainger and once to Kristen Nelson, both in the same day.
I had such a horrible panic attack that I thought I'd pass out. Only by my friends propping me up did I get through it. LW requested the full, out of pity, I think.
I'm kidding, I know she's too busy for pity requests, but it was awful.
Kristen Nelson requested a partial, too. But I had spoken to her several times about the before mentioned conference our group hosted (she came over to it), and I was at least able to form a coherent sentence.
I felt ridiculous reciting my tag line. Maybe it was my stuttering that made it so horrible.
Can I just talk about the book without doing that? Or is it a must?
Anyone out there got any great advice for a pitch for somebody who isn't great at bat?