Ten Minutes of Bitching on Pitching.

So I’ve done something I never thought I’d ever do: I’ve committed myself to attending a writing conference’s pitch sessions. It’s an internal commitment, mind you, not a I’ve-paid-the-conference-fee sort of set-in-stone commitment. My workplace has had me add this to my Faculty Goals form, probably because if I am successful (even though the odds are against me) and find an agent interested in reading my novel, perhaps he or she will be interested in actually representing me later on down the line.

The Art of Publishing = The Craft of the Mad Gamble.

My school values reputation, like any college, certainly.

It makes me nervous all the more.

I don’t pitch well at all. The first (and last time) I even attempted to “pitch,” I asked the publisher what he meant by “pitch.” I said, “What, you mean like give you the logline?” (I know screenwriting) He replied in the affirmative. I pitched an analogy logline (“It’s Bridget Jones meets Wonder Woman.”). He asked for more details, further comparatives. I obliged as best as I could, stumbling over any remnant of confidence I may have had left in me. He then said, “Well, that doesn’t sound interesting AT ALL.”

I was so stunned by his bluntness, I countered with a childish “Well, YOU don’t sound interesting at all!” and of course, I flounced off, completely embarrassed by Everything That Had Just Happened.

So, of course, I am terrified of the experience, but I intend to be much more prepared this time. I’m paying for the experience for pete’s sake.

(I wonder how on earth I am going to have the time to do this sort of prep work with 125 papers to grade as well?)



11 thoughts on “Ten Minutes of Bitching on Pitching.

    • Thanks, Judy. Honestly, I don’t know how you do it. I never knew that anything pertaining to the novel publishing experience would be so akin to a Hollywood pitch session. It’s rather intimidating for an introvert.


  1. Bravo to you for taking that step! Just taking the small step to blogging was hard for me. I have been “writing” my Great American Novel now for…Oh..ten years, and have never gotten to the point of a pitch session. So, well done.

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    • Thanks! 🙂 Oh, I certainly empathize. It’s taken me years to write it as well. I just had to end the darn thing at some point, so I made an absolute promise to myself that I’d get it written and edited…and rewritten…and edited…no matter what. It would be my priority, adult responsibilities be damned.

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  3. Well, just because one person doesn’t find it interesting, doesn’t mean it isn’t. Just remember that publishing houses have different niches to fill. You just have to find the right publisher for you!

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    • Oh, yeah. 🙂 I know. It didn’t help that instead of offering a flat out “It’s not what we’re looking for,” what I got was a scowl and rudeness. First time I ever talked to a book publisher in person, and it soured me. Of course, it didn’t help that I was hardly prepared.


  4. I am horrifically bad at pitching. It’s a good skill to have, but not a necessary evil in the book publishing business, and if it goes poorly it’s something you can laugh about later.

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