But, in the end I caved.
What the heck, I thought, I'll shove it on the visa card and not think about it till the statement arrives next month!
Famous last words, as they say! I blame it on the electric atmosphere generated by my fellow writers in their enthusiasm to pitch their manuscripts to the many publishers who were present. So, having nothing to lose, I signed on as well. I then checked out my pitch to make sure it contained all the elements necessary to convince a publisher or agent to take me on.
1. It has to be no more than five minutes long. That's all the time we were given. It's roughly a little over a page.
2. The opening statement MUST be a one sentence outline of the story, followed by a brief synopsis.
3. Include a comparison to other books in the same genre. Where on a store bookshelf would my book fit? Next to which other famous authors?
4. How is my book different from others in my genre? What makes it stand out?
5. Know my audience. Who is my target age-group and why?
6. Sum it all up with a convincing argument, but NEVER, EVER say it'll be a best seller! Be humble.
I had two pitches and only one chance with each of them. And the result? Both asked for the complete manuscript! One publisher was from Harlequin and the other from Penguin - Destiny Romance.
Needless to say, I left the room floating on a cloud.
Now, the only question I have to ask myself is, do I continue on my route to indie publishing, or go traditional if I'm offered a contract?
I'll just have to wait and see!
If anyone has any view on this, I'd dearly love to hear it. Please, leave a comment. I love reading and responding to them.