And because these were workshops, and not pitch sessions, the authors whose work was not as ready as they'd hoped could go home, make the changes that resonated, and submit a stronger project to these same agents later.
This workshop format has become a regular feature at our conferences ever since, and forms the heart of the Neverending Backspace Writers Conference that's now available online.
For something like this, it's all in the writing.' They'll ask you to mail them the first three chapters, and then they'll glance at them for about five seconds and then pass, politely, with their standard rejection letter." Reports one author, "The one time I pitched a novel, the person I pitched to asked me to send exactly the same package I would have sent as an unsolicited submission.
During the timed “dates,” booksellers have the chance to promote their stores and discover what publicists look for when planning author tours. Booksellers may sign up for the Day 1 session (Wednesday, May 30) and/or the Day 2 session (Friday, June 1). When that happens, I'm not only going to turn down that author, I might even be grouchy about it." Pitch sessions are not only stressful; many question their value.Says author Teresa Hayden: "The absolute most an unpublished novelist can get out of a pitch session is to be told to go ahead and send the manuscript -- an outcome that's hard to distinguish from the normal submission process." Forms of Rejections "Most agents are too polite to say 'no' to your face," Scott Hoffman of Folio admits.Within 24 hours, the Simons Foundation team had put together the event, hosting 13 experimentalist-theorist pairs. (Because of time constraints, only the first 15 from each group were invited to participate.) Each indicated the type of relationship they were seeking, from the scientific equivalent of a brief affair — “just give me your data” — to those ready to commit to a “long-term, back-and-forth theory/experiment relationship.” Participants certainly had a lot to talk about — at the end of each round, most were reluctant to move on to the next candidate.Michael Kohl, an experimentalist at the University of Oxford, made a number of connections even before getting his post-hoc matches.Not one of those authors did I meet at a one-on-one pitch session.