Blogs by Susan Violante
My First Literary Agents Conference
4/6/2011 10:49:51 AM
Ah, my first Literary Agents Conference. So many expectations, such anxiety! After three days of listening to panels, meeting other fellow writers, and practicing pitches during breaks...I was totally drained!
Where do I start... I loved connecting with my fellow writers, whether panelists, agents, volunteers, organizers or attendees. Listening to their stories, ideas and love for the craft was refreshing and exciting. It gave me a sense of belonging, something I seldom feel as I isolate myself to work on my writing.
I loved the thrill of it too, as I practiced my pitch during each break while day dreaming of finding the perfect agent for my book. I loved cheering on my new found friends as they walked towards their one on one meeting; consoling the ones that didn't connect with the agent, and congratulating the ones that did.
I loved feeling some of the panelists' passion for the written word as they exposed their search for the perfect story...
But all positives must have its negatives, and thus some disappointments lurked through this romance I had created in my mind, like it usually does as we learn more about the object of our infatuation.
I realized how the possibility of finding a channel for distributing our thoughts, and our craft, took the best from some of us changing us into vulture birds, as we flew around our prey: the agents.
I witness how being the object of admiration, and of opportunity, of all of the attendees took the best out of some of the panelists, turning them into unprofessional and rude "divas".
The negatives did not out weigh the positives, and as I re-visit the weekend within my mind, I am happy to say that it went well for me. I was invited to submit 25 pages from Innocent War by the agent I wanted to query, and that I found to be very professional, showing humanity, respect, and incredible patience.
I must say, though, that the highlight of the event was the tons of information that was available to me. Some of it was welcomed, some unexpected, but both very much needed. Some lessons were very positive and constructive, while others were truly disappointing; both were a reality check on our humanity.
Over all my friend who encouraged me to attend was right...all writers should attend this type of events at least once, to put into perspective who they are as writers, and where they want to go with their craft.
I hope that as we all go back to our regular routines, attendees and panelists alike, we remember who we were before success, or failure, so that we can take our true self along to the next event.
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