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#SFFPit, Queries and Hope

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by in The Scrawl | 2 comments

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Some of you follow along enough to know I participated in #SFFPit on Tuesday. It was, in a word, hectic. I was working, dipping into the hashtag when I had a free moment, retweeting which books sounded fun, and then watching, waiting and hoping for a response from an agent.

I have never done anything like that. The information was invaluable, though. I got to see some works pitched that, to be quite honest, I would love to read:

That one killed me. Just totally made me throw my hands in the air and walk away. I want to read about a cake decorating vampire hunter. That sounds like such a fun book.

I also learned which of my books, or at least my pitches, were attractive. My latest novel, the one I keep referring to as part of the trilogy I am almost done with, got the most retweets bar none. It’s clear that people want to read about the Moon turned into a prison/tourist destination. The second most popular, by a long shot, was my fantasy YA novel The Birch. I was shocked by this. I loved writing The Birch but I honestly thought it had the weakest pitches of the four I presented.

I did get a request for a query. Which, according to the guy who put on #SFFPit, put me in the top fourteen percent of authors that participated. That’s humbling. I was very prepared for a fat lot of nothing.

As I wrote about Kindle Scout before, I wanted to write about this experience.

Would I participate again if I don’t end up as the next represented author of Red Sofa Literary? Yes. Win or lose, it was so much fun. I got to interact with so many different authors. I got to be a part of something unique and a little crazy. That was worth it for me.

Would I change anything? If I’m being totally honest I would probably have pitched somewhat differently. I showed you the one above but that was one of many moments where I smacked my forehead and said, “Why didn’t I pitch like that?!” But it was a great experience. I learned so much.

2 Comments

  1. I had no idea you wrote such a kind thing about my pitch! Thank you so much. I’m still looking for an agent for my cake decorating vampire hunter series. Hope springs eternal!

    • I am hoping with you. When you get an agent, you totally have to let me know.