May18, 2012 |
Filed in:Intern Files
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I hope you are having a fabulous week! I’m trying to get back into the swing of things after the RT convention in Chicago last weekend! Whew, it was AWESOME but wow, it totally drains you. Am I right? It was my very first conference so I learned a ton! I had so much fun and met so many great people. I FINALLY got to meet my sista-from-anotha-motha Brenda Drake. AND I got to meet the lovely agent I’m interning for Louise Fury! I also got to hang with Shannon Duffy and Rachel Harris. AND I bonded with my separated-at-birth twin, Cecily White ;o)
Anyhoo. It was amazing, fantastic, unforgettable. The panels were helpful and provided me with enough insight to power through revision fifteen-million-and-forty-two. No, really. It feels like that some days…
So, I was lucky enough to be asked by awesome agent Louise Fury to sit-in on some pitches with her at the Pitch-a-Palooza (that is not as easy to spell as it looks and also, there are a lot of paloozas out there, just sayin’)
It was an excellent experience and the pitching writers were wonderful, brave souls. I thought they all did a great job! There were several times I leaned over and said “I want that one! Can I read that one!” There’s some great stuff out there, folks ;o)
Now, I’m going to share what I saw. A total unbiased look at pitching from the perspective of an intern sitting next to a wonderful agent with a nice long line of eager writers. This is so subjective, so keep that in mind. This is my opinion and mine alone. Take some of my advice, leave some of it. No worries, I’m here to share what I’ve learned through the process.
So when pitching you may start out looking like that picture over there. Nerves in your throat, palms sweaty, stomach churning. It’s okay, I totally get it.
This may cause you to blurt out your entire query instead of just talking to the agent or editor. If you do, that’s okay, just know, you’ll have to repeat everything again, because we can’t understand you when you talk that fast. Trust that agents and editors are people too, and they WANT you to succeed, so slow down and draw them into your story.
Also, and I can’t stress this enough. PLEASE have your manuscript complete before you pitch. Agents and editors are looking for completed work. And we all know a story isn’t even close to done when you type in THE END. So if you’re pitching something that’s not even at that point, you have a LONG way to go. The end is really the BEGINNING of revision.
Try to make your pitch conversational. It’s kind of strange hearing a pitch where it sounds like you’ve written it out and your reading it off a page. Which I do understand, cause I forgot stuff too, but I liked the writers that pitched their story, but said it in a way that sounded like we were having a cup o’ coffee.
Know the genre’s the editor and agents represent. Do your homework. This is your chance to SHINE!
Know the PLOT of your story and where the CONFLICT happens, even the chapter. Louise asked several times WHERE something happened in the story. And I have to admit the ones where the plot and hook weren’t stated were the ones that had me scratching my head. I know two people fall in love and they’re better for it, but WHAT HAPPENS to them during this love. What outside influences come in to try and tear them apart.
It’s good to know your plot, but don’t say everything that happens. Agents and Editors just want to get the meat of your story, not every sub-plot and character flaw. You know your story so well by the time you pitch it (or you should) know what gets people hooked and concentrate on that. What do people always comment on when you tell them about your story? Is it your premise? Your main character? The inciting incident? Those are what will sell your story to them.
So, after pitching you may feel like the picture over there.
Have no fear. It is HARD to know what someone writes like from a pitch. VOICE, writing quirks, style, those are all things that could show in the writing and not the pitch. If you write a great story, don’t worry about flubbing a pitch. You’ll get the next one. Or you’ll get an agent/editor through a query or a referral. There are other ways ;o)
Then you can look like the picture below when you get that agent, or sell that book, or get the movie deal. Whatever happens. WRITING trumps it all. It just does. But you knew that already ;o)
Have a wonderful rest of the week!!!
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Mar22, 2012 |
Filed in:After the Madness Workshop,Brenda is Awesome,Intern Files,Louise Fury ROCKS,Miss Snark is cool
I hope you are all doing well! It’s feelin’ like July out there!! I’m not complaining…
So. I got some amazing news tonight. After a conversation full of “No way’s?” and “I’m so excited’s,” I am now an intern for Awesome Agent, Louise Fury at L. Perkins Agency!! Our story is one of mutual loves (Divergent & deep dish pizza) and thanks to my friend, the uber cool, Brenda Drake, Ms. Fury and I connected and *poof* An Intern was born.
I sure hope I can live up to that picture over there.
I’m THRILLED to have this opportunity. I keep wondering if someone is playing a trick on me. *looks under the chair*
So after a lengthy, informative and downright awesome conversation with Ms. Fury, I learned a TON! And I’ll mention, that Giordanos’ Chicago deep dish pizza came into the conversation and one of us ordered it online and is having it delivered tomorrow! LOL. It’s not me, sadly. ‘Cause I had to look up how to spell it and it totally made me hungry for one. Also, I called it Ghirardelli (which in a strange coincidence I also had to google how to spell) on the phone with her. You know, the chocolates? Whoops. AND now I want chocolate.
Okay. So before I get too off topic – it’s been known to happen… HA.
10 things I’ve learned about being a lit agent intern for 10 minutes…
1. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t gain something from social media. From meeting Brenda in 2010 to DM’ing with Ms. Fury, it all happened online.
2. Louise Fury knows her stuff.
3. Agents have just as hard of a time waiting as we do. Who knew? Makes sense if you think about it.
4. If an agent asks for your manuscript, send it as soon as possible. Agents may not have the same amount of time to read it as they did when they first asked. (Does that make sense? I had to read that sentence twice.)
5. Agents are people, like you and me. I felt SO comfortable talking to her. She is so nice and thoughtful.
6. She told me my writing will improve by reading for her. So, if you see writers’ work in workshops or blogs, like the After the Madness Workshop or Miss Snark’s First Victim Blog it may help YOU as much as them ;o)
7. Clients come first. But, every writer is important.
8. There are a lot of people paying someone to query for them??? WHY?
9. Certain things about your query will stand out. I remember titles more than the writing, but she remembers certain phrases and if someone has a unique of writing something.
10. There ARE people that will help you. There ARE people who want to see you succeed.
I’m seriously SQUEEING about this opportunity and I will share what I learn along the way! She’s actually encouraging me to, which is totally cool. I think this goes without saying, but I feel the need to say it. I won’t share any specifics about manuscripts. Or really anything about them. My posts will be about my journey into the world of interning and other stuff. I can’t wait!
What do you think? Anything you can add about how you feel about the industry? Have you interned before? I could probably add some more, but 10 and 10 had a nice ring to it ;o)
What’s coming up…
Staring Monday March we’ll be having some guests in our mosh pit! Two different writers each day next week (maybe longer) will share their work with us. I’ve been asked to critique their first 250 words and you can too! Awesome bloggers, Shelley Watters, Brenda Drake & YAtopia are participating too! So check back on Monday to see what happens ;o)
Wow. That post was like a journey. Seriously, all the links and the googling of words I can’t spell. Whew! Are you as tired as I am? I know, I’m lame. People blog every day and have more links than me. It could have something to do with the American Idol in the background… Go Phillip Phillips & Colton!!
Have a great rest of the week. We’ll see you on Monday!
pic credit http://www.culpwrit.com/2012/02/16/intern-search-season-begins-early/