So…I went to a writing conference about 60 miles away. Nice, little intimate affair–130 or so attendees. Well run, too. I was rather pleased with how organized things were. There were sessions on the craft of writing, agent and editor interviews, a reception, and a book fair. All in all, a great experience.
Yes, I signed up for an agent interview. Two days before the start, there was an email that said “there are more openings, if you want a second agent interview, email”, so, of course, I did. So, how did I do?
1. The second agent’s interview was completed in 90 seconds. “I don’t have anything to say…you’ve answered all of my questions,” the agent said. She wants the first fifty pages of DOV. Then she wants my Sirens book [3DN 2011] when I finish it. Then she wants The Honorable Thing if/when my mentor rejects it. “I really like your approach to writing” was her comment.
2. The original agent interview was actually the second one chronologically. She wants the first three chapters of Demons, but was uninterested in the rest. She was not nearly as enthusiastic as the other. Am I glad I signed up for another agent interview!
3. While waiting to pitch #2 above, an editor plucked my arm and asked me to tell her what I was working on. I went over the pitches again. She wants everything #1 wants, wants me to enter Sirens in an Epic Fantasy contest, and to write a second Sirens Novella. Maybe the Sirens will ride again in 3DN2013….
4. In the coffee line, I was discussing a website where people bid on voiceover work (continuation of a convo from te day before) when the woman behind her in the coffee line asked for my email address. Seems a close friend of hers, a director, was firing the current VO guy on a completed animated film, and was looking around for some talent. There’s more, but let’s see if I get the part first.
So, do you think it was worth the ~200 bux that the conference cost? There were some pretty terrific sessions, too!