Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Writer's Conference! Pitches! Winners...OH MY!

Hey friends! Yep, you're my friends :-D I had an awesome - Did I say awesome? Time at the Maryland's Writer's Conference.

I hobnobbed with Best Selling Author LA Banks (who spoke on 'How to make a living as a best selling author', President of the Mid-Atlantic Book Publishers Association and many awesome writers.

I also worked the conference and recruited these awesome publishing professionals to pitch it up with us at the conference.

Lit Agents:

Jason Ashlock
Literary Agent, Movable Type Literary Group

Lauren Hammond
Literary Agent, ADA Management Group

Emmanuelle Morgen
Literary Agent, Judith Ehrlich Lite
rary Management

Jessica Sinsheimer
Associate Agent, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency


Georgia McBride
Freelance Editor and Manager, YALITCHAT.ORG

Roseanne Wells
Literary Agent, Strong Literary Agency

Harrison Demchick
Editor and Marketing Associate, Bancroft Press

Daniel Ehrenhaft
Editorial Director, Soho Teen at Soho Press

Catherine Hiller
President, Executive Editor

John David Kudrick
Editor, JohnDavidKudrick.com

Brittney Ross
Editor, Penguin Group

Fun Picture of Georgia McBride, Founder of Yalitchat.org and Lauren Hammond, Lit Agent

Fun Picture of Georgia McBride, Founder of Yalitchat.org and Little Ole' me, LM Preston


Picture of the Pitch Sessions: One-on-One

I totally screwed up mine. Yep, you are hearing it from me first. I screwed it up with nervous jitters, but the editors I spoke to were so awesome about it that I didn't feel horrible when I left. I learned a lot and they helped me a lot.

The great thing about Maryland Writer's Conference Pitch sessions is that the Agents and Editors read my Query Letter and First Five pages in advance. When I met with them for my 10 min (for $30) they listened to my pitch then reviewed my query letter and first five pages.


Start with a hook, Practice it first with someone else - even video tape yourself doing it, but have it memorized cold before you go.


It went very well, I shared all my secrets of uber energy for promotion and scared the be-juju out of most of the writers, lol! I didn't mean to, but I was just giving them an idea of what marketing is and shucks, I told them to start at least 8 months before a book comes out. But the information was well received and I also got to sit in on some pretty amazing speakers.


Bandits contest winner is Tracey Goodwin!!!!! Wowsa!!! She's getting books, she's getting books!


Kelly Hashway said...

LM, I'm so jealous. You met my agent! It looks like you had an amazing time. I'm heading to my regional SCBWI conference this Friday. I can't wait!

LM Preston said...

Awesome Kelly! She's wonderful, my fingers are crossed for you :-D

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations on making the conference a fabulous experience for you. I'm really happy for you!

Jessie Harrell said...

Sounds like a fabulous time!! Almost like a mini-YALitChat conference. ;)

Catherine Stine said...

Wow, we should take lessons from you on how to scmooze! Sounds like you recruited an army of experts.

E. Arroyo said...

OMG you are so brave. I love the pics too. Thanks for the tips. I really, really want to go to one. If only I wasn't so chicken. This helps!

Dawn Brazil said...

Sounds like it was an awesome conference. I pitched to an agent once - through chat. It was @ the online writers conference by "Muse" and it sucked. Not the experience, just me. I'll be ready next time though. Great post!!!

Natalia Sylvester said...

Sounds like a really great time! I got so nervous about pitching at the last conference I went to (the agents didn't review pages prior, so it was really all about the pitch) but luckily I met a great group of writers and we rehearsed each other's pitches and helped improve them.

Aside from the opportunity to meet with agents and editors, I think that meeting other writers is what I enjoy most about conferences. It's hard to find people in our daily lives who understand what we're going through, and at a conference there's a huge room full of them!