Day: 03/18/2012

St. Paddy’s Day Pitching During A Pub Crawl

I spent an entertaining St. Paddy’s Day weekend at the Silken Sands Writer’s Conference put on by the Gulf Coast Romance Writers at Pensacola Beach, Florida. If you want to entice the New York movers and shakers, invite them to the Florida Gulf Coast in March. At eighty-five degrees and sunny, who could resist? How fortuitous that our pitch sessions took place under beach umbrellas on the lovely deck behind the hotel overlooking sand and sea–and St. Patrick’s Day pub crawlers. They weaved between our tables while celebrating loudly and sporting fascinating green getups. During my pitch to Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency, a drunken young man asked Ms. Bent to take a photo of him and his equally inebriated pals. It was–awkward, and a bit distracting, to say the least. I will never forget her expression. I admired her grace. I am usually of the opinion that I would rather an agent or editor not ask for my work if they aren’t interested, based on my pitch, because I don’t want to waste …