I maintain a list of blogs that I read (as do most people) Mine are a series of RSS feeds that I consult on a daily basis. It’s not perfect, but it beats yet another application running on this creaky laptop. I noticed that The Book Doctors are running another one of their Pitchapaloozas: http://www.thebookdoctors.com/workman-the-book-doctors-pitchapalooza-june-27-530
For the first time ever, The Book Doctors are hosting Pitchapalooza in the offices of a New York City publishing house. On June 27th, writers will be invited inside Workman, one of the country’s great independent book publishers to pitch their books to a judge who could green-light their book deals on the spot.
Sounds great! I’ve pitched to TBD before, twice. But if I could get greenlighted by an acquisitions editor, that would bypass a lot of the agent-searching, etc. So, to work! First thing I did was look up Workman Press, just to see what they are into. Hmmm…no fiction. Well, that doesn’t disqualify me from pitching, but even if I won, that wouldn’t greenlight my project, just get me in front of an agent, and that’s where I am right now. So…I could either go just to watch and learn (always good) or I could write a non-fiction book (like I don’t have enough to do, what with THT, DOV, and Riddled Space beating on my head for attention)
I signed up anyway. Why not? I could always defer pitching. Day goes on, and I find myself taking a shower. So…there I was, in a situation where I could write nothing down…and my Muse jumped out and mugged me.
“Why not take Event A and turn it into a non-fiction book project?” said the Muse.
“Because… *” I replied, and stopped dead. Damn! Muse is right! It would be epic! So very fascinating! I mean, I was going to do Event A anyway, why not turn the experience into a book? Then the water pounding on my back turned cold, and I knew I had to get out of the shower.
Moral of the tale: be open to everything. Most writers would look at the Workman genres and say “Eh, nothing I write, so I’ll pass.” Don’t. Sometimes it’s the Slight Edge that makes you that much better as a writer.