What a weekend that was (I know it's already Thursday and I'm just now blogging about it, but I've been recovering and catching up on sleep)! I've almost got my voice back too. Nearly a week playing hostess to my critique partners proved to be more than my little vocal chords could handle, and I went hoarse pretty quickly. Hopefully the agent I pitched to didn't think I was trying to sound seductive or anything. I promise I wasn't. o_O
That's right! I pitched to an agent! A real, live rockstar of a literary agent! With the help of my critique partners, I memorized a two sentence pitch but she started asking questions halfway through the first sentence so a lot of good that did me haha. I'd been a bundle of nerves all day, but once I sat down with her, I instantly relaxed. She was so nice and enthusiastic about everything I had to say, I couldn't help feeling like I was chatting with someone I already knew. Our ten minutes together flew by, but I had a minute at the end to ask a couple quick questions. On the whole, I learned a great deal at the conference, and I'll take this opportunity to encourage you to attend a conference if you haven't been to one before. Break out of your comfort zone and meet with an agent in person. If I can do it, anyone can. Seriously. It's worth the nerves going into it.
I know you're wondering, but no, I'm not going to reveal who the agent was. I make a point not to get into specifics on social networking sites at this stage of the agent hunt. And I know what else you're wondering. This agent had everyone who pitched to her send a query and sample pages with the conference as the subject line. Less than two days later she requested the full! EEEEEP!
Are you querying right now? How's it going?