(for a-z challenge, scroll down a post, please) (we'll do both weekend days to make up for the missed letter)
Tomorrow's the BIG DAY! Not only do erica and i finally meet after "meeting" at writeoncon this past august, deciding to co-blog in september, and perhaps most importantly, bounce ideas off one another and read each other's writing, BUT tomorrow and the next day and the day after that, we'll actually be together. Live. In person! We're virtual best friends who've emailed countless emails over the past months and now we'll actually...speak to one another!
CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT?????
And what could be more perfect than meeting at a writing conference in our very own state of WI?
erica's on her way as I type and I will be leaving bright and early tomorrow morning. We'll meet at 8AM. Then we'll walk/take a shuttle five blocks to become better writers.
At 11:10 I'll have my LIVE AGENT PITCH. I'm not nervous right now, but I was nauseated earlier in the week.
CHECKLIST: My synopsis is finally written and so is my pitch. My first pages need one more reading before I print them...just in case. My query? Well, I'll bring along a rough printed copy of that, too. You never know what the agent might ask to see. And I want to be ready in case she feels like offering any advice!
I'm most nervous about the questions she'll ask. I don't want to sound like a newbie. Even if I am. Although I've decided the best thing for me to do is to be honest. erica and I also discussed a super strategy: pitch and walk away before we can sound stupid. I mean, it's only eight minutes, right?
I've written a paranormal novel. Yet I've only been reading the genre for a year. Yeah, I hardly wanted to admit that to YOU much less an AGENT! But, in the past year I've spent TONS of time blogging and writing, so reading hours went down some. This is where the honesty thing will have to come in. And perhaps she won't even ask me my dreaded questions: Who are your favorite authors in the genre you've written? Which paranormal author do you feel your writing is most like?
Anyways. I wanted to say a special thanks to Alexia Chamberlain who answered a few questions for me since she recently attended a writing conference. Visit her blog if you're going to one soon. She wrote some great posts to get you ready and linked to some fab blogs. Especially Rachelle's. Check those out. They helped me so much with my pitches and what to expect in my session.
Hopefully we're ready. For this first time, it's all about the experience. And meeting, of course.
Stay tuned for some updates. And PICS!!! I have a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine so we can add our faces to our profile pic, wine in hand!
Oh, here's my pitch. It's a little longer than I'd hoped, but, um, I'm a fast talker so I should get it out in only a minute or two! :0)
My logline is:
An intuitive fifteen year old sees shadows outlining dying people, only to learn she must find the cure or stand accused of killing them.
Fifteen year old Dawn Buchanen’s acute intuition isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from the rest of humanity. She can also see auras around Transporters, a rare and secret race of humans with the ability to travel to an alternate dimension called Themura, and shadows around non-Transporters dying from a fast-spreading flu epidemic.
She tries her best to ignore all the outlines, until her secret vision is found out and she’s accused of spreading the bizarre Influenza X. Since she stresses she’s not a Transporter and her talents are too powerful for anyone who’s not, Transporters believe she must not be who she says she is.
With a spark-throwing figure following her, either to turn her in or frame her for its deadly destruction, the break up with her Transporter boyfriend, and the death of her best friend, she’s no longer hesitating to learn the truth or find the cure. She searches through the forbidden parts of Themura, finding beds used to cure the same influenza strain decades before, and learning about her past and the past of the dimensions. Once she learns how powerful of a Transporter she really is, she’s able to fulfill her role and erase the secrets afflicting both worlds.