In a week and a half I will be in Surrey, BC at the SiCW, taking pitches most of the conference, and hanging out with all the awesome authors. Before I get there, there’s something I would like to share with all you authors out there.
For most, sitting down to pitch a book to an agent is like sitting down in front of a fire-breathing dragon who may, after hearing your idea, open their mouths and unleash a ball of fiery doom on your brilliance, reducing it to cinders and soot.
It’s terrifying, and very few authors are able to sit down and feel even remotely comfortable. But there’s something authors need to remember about agents, and it will make your pitch session pretty simple once you wrap your head around it.
Are you ready for this? Okay. Here it is…
We’re just people.
No really, it’s the truth. Human beings just like the rest of you. Add to that the fact that we have a lot in common with authors. Some of us (like me) are actually authors, too. But all of us love stories.
I’ve always said that one of my favorite parts of being an agent is sitting across from an author and listening to them tell me about the think that makes their eyes sparkle.
So put away the fear, and come sit and chat, because we love stories, and we love to talk about all things book related – the process, the journey, the options. Of course, if it’s me and it’s 7am and you don’t see a coffee in my hand… well, then maybe you should be a teensy bit afraid.