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Monday, April 19, 2010
7:58 PM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
Pirates. I’m leaving…on a jet plane…I do know when I’ll be back, though. (Anyone get that reference?) Tomorrow, after a 3+ hour plane flight, Jane will be picking me up in Minneapolis and taking me to her house for a few days of pre-convention madness. We’ll throw together stuff for the newbies, shop (look out, Mall of America!), help each other out…and hopefully work at polishing our pitches to a grand shine.
Pitching. I wrote a blog about this last year right before RT. And it’s a topic I should be good with by now, but I’m still learning stuff all the time. Terrio sent me a blog last week that was brilliant regarding pitch preparation.
I especially liked what he had to say about having a statement of some sort ready regarding your target audience. After toying with a statement for The Kraken’s Mirror, something along the line of … “My book will appeal to women who want to read about something other than bulimic twenty somethings getting all the action…” Terrio talked me down to a more proper statement. How does this sound?
My book is for the empowered older woman who wants to read about characters she can relate to. The baby boomer who doesn’t consider herself sexually dead at 50.
I feel pretty good about The Kraken’s Mirror, though it should be the tougher sell. But I know there is a market for this story, it’s just convincing the pubs/editors/agents that I know what I’m talking about! It’s really just a romantic fantasy, with a twist or two.
I’m a bit less sure of my urban fantasy. In so many ways, it should be the easier sell, but I’m not feeling it as strongly. For example, my target statement? Eh.
My book is about a woman’s journey back from the abyss of despair in a world changed by a massive displacement of time. It should appeal to women in need of something to believe in. (See I know a great song called Something to Believe In by Clannad so I get that reference in spades. Will Lori Perkins?)
Sounds pretty wishy-washy to me. So, the question is, can I fake the confidence with the UF that feel with the RF? And how much does confidence come into selling your book at an in-person pitch?
I hear they want you to be confident and enthusiastic. Not pit bull confident or golden retriever enthusiastic…but somewhere in between. I mean, nowadays, the author plays such a large part in the promoting and winning-readers side of things. Almost makes one long for the days when the author was an invisible bookworm tapping away at a manual typewriter in some backroom, cut off from the rest of the world… (Nope. Not for me, but it sounds romantic, don’t it?)
I’m ready to take the dive into playing the idiot for the public. I swear, the older I get the more ready I am! I just know I’ll have no dignity.
I mean I bwah ha ha’d when I pitched to Heather Osborne of Tor last year! (I swear, I wanted to die. I wonder if I blushed?) But then again, it was fun. (I do hope to have a chance to pin Heather to a wall and ask about my submission. Oh, that would be bad, right? OK, I hope to buy Heather a drink in the bar and ask her politely if I should assume my submission to her, requested last year, is dead in the water since I haven’t heard anything. All the time, smiling and being polite…) (I can do that.)
If I had a good cackle, I’d probably cackle when I pitch The Kraken’s Mirror to Samhain.
I will practice decorum. No pirate hat when I pitch. (That’s for the rest of the convention and particularly for the parties.) I’ll make sure to wash out the comb-in hair color before I head for my appointments. Keep the rum drinking to a minimum until after the pitches are completed…keep the Ativan handy but only for comfort’s sake…
Yes, my bags are packed, I’m ready to go… But I’ll miss ya, crew! I hope the internet connection will be adequate for me to check in now and then. Be good without me and don’t let Mattycakes play bartender. And keep Jack out of my secret rum stash!
Anyone else have any conference plans in the next few months? It not a writing conference, then how about any other sort of conference? (I have BayCon, a sciencefiction/fantasy con at the end of May, a Pirate Festival in June and a Steampunk Con in Seattle come November, all on my calendar.) Any have any advice for me? Come on, someone rewrite that audience statement for me! Please! If you could make up a conference, with dream authors, actors…whatever…what would it be called and who would be there?
I’m calling today a Friday, even if it’s not!
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