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.
Literary Agent, Movable Type Literary Group
Literary Agent, ADA Management Group
Literary Agent, Judith Ehrlich Lite
Associate Agent, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Freelance Editor and Manager, YALITCHAT.ORG
Literary Agent, Strong Literary Agency
Editor and Marketing Associate, Bancroft Press
Editorial Director, Soho Teen at Soho Press
President, Executive Editor
John David Kudrick
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.
HOW TO DO IT BETTER THAN ME:
Start with a hook, Practice it first with someone else - even video tape yourself doing it, but have it memorized cold before you go.
MY MARKETING TALK
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.
THE WINNER IS
Bandits contest winner is Tracey Goodwin!!!!! Wowsa!!! She's getting books, she's getting books!