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:
— Mary Lynne Gibbs (@marylgibbs) December 9, 2014
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.