Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Off to BookExpo...and beyond

BEA checklist:
1) Get teeth cleaned at dentist.
2) Do laundry.
3) Get online boarding pass.
4) Dither over what outfits to pack.
5) Print out "Polish Your Pitch" workshop program.
6) Confirm party & dinner dates.
7) 9:15 pm - Plant sunflower & morning glory seeds outside in the dark.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll find time to do some blog posts from BEA. Then again, maybe not...


Angie L. Jennings said...

Did you attend the Writers Digest Conference Pitch Slam? It was my first time with such a "speed dating" setup. What are your thoughts?

Bella Stander said...

I'm not involved with Writers Digest; I taught a "Polish Your Pitch" workshop at Backspace Writers Conference. I have a dim view of pitch slams, which are stressful to all participants--agents AND writers. I think slams are mostly a way for their sponsors to make money, and guess that they result in precious few book deals. However, you can see whether your pitch is working if you slam it around. But even if an agent likes your pitch, you're still going to have to write a query letter--the same as if you'd stayed home.

Obie Joe Media said...

So, how was Backspace? Bigger crowds, more complex topics? I'd be fascinated to hear your thoughts of a BEA vs. Backspace comparsion. More agents to authors ratio? Hope your travels were trouble-free!

Shauna Roberts said...

I'd be interested in hearing what topics people were discussing in the halls and what trends people were seeing.