Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shaking in Your Boots Words or Jumping Up and Down Excited Words? - X-posted

Before I begin, there’s an added bonus at the bottom of this post! Go ahead, check it out, then come back, and read the post. If you’re like me, you have to know the bonus before you continue. :)

La, la, la, la, la…oh, you’re back, sorry about that. I tend to sing or hum when I’m waiting. With RWA nationals around the corner, (registration is now open), I thought we’d talk about pitching.

What is it about the words ‘Pitching to an Editor’ that causes the stomach to roll, the eyes to blur, and the heart to pound with the force of category five hurricane? (I’m in Florida, so change the hurricane to twister, blizzard, or whatever major weather you have where you’re from.)

For any of you who’ve been to conference you totally understand the above paragraph. For those who haven’t here’s a little image for you.

Breathe, you tell yourself as you sashay into the perfect meet the editor/agent outfit. You’ve remembered not to wear perfume, just incase their allergic. Having them break out into hives or a sneezing fit isn’t going to help you get those much-wanted words, ‘send me the full’.

With a quick check of the iron, making sure you’ve unplugged it from the wall, you grab your badge and head out the door. You check your watch and smile. Thirty minutes until your pitch appointment. You’re doing great.

The elevator door opens and you squeeze in with countless other hopefuls, only to remember…

Read the rest over here

Make sure you come back and let me know your answer here too. :)

WW's and PD's,


Anne-Marie said...

I'm laughing my way over.

Vicki said...

Hey AM! You know all about pitching and working it out on cards. :)

Patricia W. said...

I hope you try your hand at romantic comedy at some point because you have a great, natural sense of humor!

Vicki said...

It's much easier when you're just being yourself and trying to get your characters to be funny. :) Or atleast I think it is.

Did you check out the rest of the story? And did you see the bonus?

LKap said...

Yeah - I'm gonna guess first (I like to be surprised).
so if it were me - I forgot them, lost them possibly flushed them down the toilet....

Bray said...

Great bonus for those of you who write. Like I said over there I'll stick to being a reader. I'm sure if I were ever in that situation I'd make it through but not without wanting to throw up first.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

AWESOME post ... vicki!


Houston A.W. Knight said...

I'm back....Great blog, hon!


Malicious Intent said...

OMG, pitch something I wrote? I would be a nervous wreck! I am use to pitching and selling a disability with cold hard facts and an entire organization behind me.

I think I would feel very naked, vulnerable and alone if I was to pitch a creative piece of my own.

Wow, intense. You go girl.