Remember way back in December, when I was waxing rhapsodical about my new YA challenge? Well, at that same party was one writer who had given up his day job and was writing full time. Those are the kinds of people you listen to. Well, one of the things he stressed more than anything else was to “Go to a convention. Either a writing con, or a genre con. You will meet so many people who will expand your writing career.”
That’s what’s happening this weekend! Not only am I going to a writing-centric convention ($145), but I am taking one of the pre-con classes ($30 and one day off of work), and I will have a ten-minute meeting with an agent. Yes, I am pitching DOV. The class lineup is fantastic–I will be in class virtually the entire time. I’ve been told that the price is very low, too, mostly because it’s being held out in the ‘burbs instead of the Big City.
But it gets better! Last night at midnight, I got an email that they had a limited number of slots if you wanted a second interview with an agent. I jumped on that–and I have landed a second interview. So, wow–I get two sets of eyes on DOV!
Now, the best way to handle this is to
- have the research done on these agents (AgentQuery, QueryTracker, Google)
- get the query letters written,
- get the synopses written
- have a ‘package’ for each agent of a query letter and synopsis
- have a ‘package’ of a generic query letter and synopsis, just in case an agent asks for it.
BEFORE I go to to the con. I have learned NOT to shove anything written at the agent. Have the package ready, two copies (one for me, one for the agent), just in case I am asked for a copy. Professionalism is the key.
Here’s a prediction: I will see a lot of people spending a hundred or so bucks to go to this conference, attend the sessions, and have no way to take notes. That kind of unseriousness is always amazing to me.