Note: Now that I figured out what was wrong on my posting screen, I’m copying and pasting the comment I wrote about this first session to make sure no one misses my sterling observations … 🙂
January 22, 2011 at 11:35 am | Replycherilaser
Since I’m having a very irritating experience getting what I type into the new posting text area, I thought I’d try entering into the comment space, which is clearly working. The text entry above in this post is a mess because I couldn’t see what I was typing. Sorry.
As I was trying to say, I’m currently sitting in a huge ballroom packed to capacity where there’s a Q&A session going on with four agents and a moderator. There are hundreds of hopeful writers in here, all trying to find their way to their own version of the Dream.
The questions are varied and are being asked by a line of people who are in a queue in the middle of the room where there’s a microphone. People want to know when fiction should be submitted (novel’s need to be completely finished before any query or submission); if you’ve submitted to an agent and were rejected with accompanying suggestions, can you resubmit after making changes (the answer is yes). A lot of the questioners are writing memoirs. That appears to be a very tough category because you need to have a really unique, compelling story to stand out among the throng if you’re not a celebrity. And even though memoirs are technically non-fiction (which can be submitted before completion with a book proposal), all of these agents today are saying that memoirs need to be fully completed, just like a novel, before sending any queries or submissions.
As I sit here watching what must be more than 400 people, I’m sobered by the thought that there probably isn’t more than a handful of these folks who will actually get book deals in their lives–and I’m not at all sure that I’m going to be one of them. When I pitch this afternoon to the five agents who seem to be the best match for me (there won’t be time for more than five, although I have a few more highlighted, if things move quickly), I’m going to approach each agent with the belief that this is his or her lucky day … … in attitude and aura, of course, rather than actual words.
I’ll be back later and will hopefully have figured out what’s going wrong with my blog entry screen by then. Hope you’re having a great weekend so far and that things are a little warmer where you are. It’s 15 degrees in Manhattan at the moment. ‘Bye for now.