This week I am attending the writing conference MUSE, which is a strictly online conference for those interested in writing, publishing and anything else to do with the writing industry.
On Monday, October 12, I got my chance to pitch "Jewels" to Freya's Bower Publishing. For those who are unfamiliar with a pitch, it's basically the hook for your story. In this case we got to do a 100-word pitch to the representative from the publishing house. Her name was Marci and she was attentive during the pitching. We were given only five minutes each with her (there were 12 of us total).
When it was my turn to pitch it was only me, the rep, the owner/organizer of the event, Lea, and a moderator whose job was to hop back and forth between chat rooms to let the next person know when it was their turn.
I will say this, five minutes never flew by so fast in all my life. I introduced myself and the publishing house I was trying for (there were 2 combined into one pitch session so you had to specify which one you thought your work best fit), and then my pitch.
I also included my target audience/those who might like the story. Once all that was out of the way, Marci asked several questions to which I responded promptly. At the two minute warning mark, she asked for a query letter with a synopsis and the first chapter of my novel. I was stoked!
It was nice to get some interest in my work after so many rejections during the year. And even if, ultimately they decided they're not interested, at least I got to first base on my journey to getting my work out there.
I can smile happily and relax a little and enjoy the ride.