I’m nervous yet excited. I’m off to the San Diego State University Writers Conference to pitch my memoir to agents and editors this weekend, and my twenty-one word pitch has to wow them. I hope it does.
I’ve spent weeks, months, years, getting to this point; there’s no time or point in doubting myself. That’s not allowed. I must keep in mind that the agent and editor are in the book business and want to make money. They want to sell, therefore I need to pitch so they realize I’m thinking like they are, and not like a writer in love with her own story.
Well it’s time to be Gutsy, and say, “They will either like it or not. Who cares?”
Of course I care, but I’ve found that being relaxed, and saying to myself, “You either want me or you don’t. Your choice,” worked in my previous interviews, so I’ll try this approach again, and maybe it will work, or maybe it won’t. But I have to be me.
Please share any pitching stories you have, or useful tips.
Miss Footloose | Life in the Expat Lane says
I think you've got the right attitude. Isn't there some eastern wisdom saying you focus on what you have to do now towards your goal, but not to be attached to the outcome? If something doesn't work out the way you were hoping, maybe it means there is something better waiting to come along.
Me? I've been working on this for a while 😉
go for it, sonia. wow them and then tell us how it went – can't wait!
Good luck, although that sounds pretty lame. How about, WOW them! Which I am sure you will do.
Midlife Jobhunter says
Good luck, Sonia. Just be yourself. They're looking for a good conversation.
Miss Sadie says
I hope it works, Sonia. Best wishes!
I can't offer any tips, but I sure like what Miss Footloose said.
Wishing for the most positive outcome for you.
Doctor Eclectic says
I certainly think you have done everything you can to be prepared. Going the other route (self-publish) I learned a lot from you about marketing. Can't tell you the thrill I got today, finding my book "Harnessing a Heritage" on Amazon.com. Now all I have to do is hope some of my contacts decide to buy it (and like it). Wish you luck!
Robert the Skeptic says
If it's anything like pitching films, you have seconds to make your case. Best of luck!!
Good luck, breath deep, relax – you've done your best!
Go get them! And let us know what your twenty words are…
@ALL MY BLOGGER FRIENDS
You are the most encouraging group, I am grateful to have you and thank you for your support.
Madame DeFarge says
I have no tips I'm afraid but be yourself and you'll be wonderful! Good luck with it.