Okay, we'll admit, we've now spent almost 48 Hours between our Hotel and our conference Hall and never once set foot in the Hottub. We Have, However, eaten danish, bagels, muffins, bread, Hamburgers, sandwiches, brushetta, and quesadillas. We've also drank coffee, water, diet coke, diet mountain dew, sprite zero, a cosmopolitan, beer, malbec wine, chardonnay, and some yummy chocolatey drink called a milky way martini. Did I mention we've only been here for 48 Hours? (yes, we did sleep. a little.)
Tomorrow, we won't have time for the Hottub. We'll be too busy in the exercise room!
So, yes, the conference. It was a whirlwind of authors, agents, and editors. Erica live pitched to two agents and Christy to three (did you see our Twitter post yesterday? be very kind to the kid handling the pitch schedule - he'll let you in at the end if there's time and you can score another quick, free request for pages, if for no reason other than the agent wants to get out of there and go home!). Here's our stats:
erica - one request for 3 chapters, one request for 50 pages, one pending request (from the missing agent) that will be emailed to me on Monday, and a suggestion by both an agent and an editor (separately, for 2 different projects) to submit a book proposal for a non-fiction book based on my experiences as a teacher.
christy - one request for 3 chapters, one request for 50 pages, one pending request (from the missing agent) that will be emailed to me on Monday, one personal referral to another agent, and one request to see pages from her WIP when she's done with it.
So - basically, it doesn't mean we're any closer to an agent. It just means we're closer than we'd be by sitting in that agent's slush pile (right now). Just think, if each of the agents there saw 10 people per session for 3 sessions, that's 150 pitches. If they all requested at least 30 pages, that's 4500 pages about to deluge their inboxes (that doesn't even include the referrals to other agents or the one that wasn't able to attend, but is still willing to see pages and/or do a phone pitch).
Here's Hoping ours are the ones that catch their eye. First, we need to exercise. Then write and edit. Check out of the Hotel. Drive Home (3.5 Hours for erica, 2 Hours for christy). Happy Sunday!!