And no, I'm not talking about baseball. :) I'm talking about that few minutes when you have an agent's attention and can pitch your story to them. Whether it be a query from the slush or a precious two minutes during a conference. It's those few isolated moments in time when we really have to shine.
I've never pitched in person, but I'm pretty familiar with the art of a query. Matter of fact, I may just give up writing stories and become a professional query writer. lol
Anyway, there's lots of resources out there for query critiques and advice. One of which I mentioned in yesterday's O post. But I found an awesome site where I just got to "try out" my brand new query for my WIP. It's called Pitch University and you can find it here.
Every month Pitch U offers an an opportunity to pitch to an agent and get real personal feedback. You can pitch via webcam or by query. Earlier this month I saw the op via Twitter (because I follow Pitch U) and kid lit agent Molly Jaffa from Folio Lit was giving feedback for YA / MG pitches. Well, I'm not even finished with the first draft of my MG WIP, but it doesn't matter. Cool thing about Pitch U is you can pitch WIPs. They also give you an op to ask questions to the agent in the comments. The agent has a few days to read through all the questions and pitches and responds to each one.
I whipped up a query real quick (literally within 15 minutes) and emailed it on the last day, sliding in to the session as one of the last contestants. Molly posted feedback for every query/pitch so we all got to see what worked and what didn't. It was fantastic. She actually gave mine a really good review and a suggestion that I hadn't thought of.
The cool part, is that if the agent during these feedback pitch sessions, sees something they're interested in and it's complete, they'll request pages. So what's not to like?
Ton of great info on Pitch U, so check it out and learn more about their next agent pitch session. Also, if you want to see my query or any of the others, visit the site and look for the session with Molly Jaffa. A really valuable learning curve! I'll have more on queries for Q day. I'm guessing it will be the theme of the day. ;)
Now, completely off subject, Magpie over at Magpie Writes awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks so much! Magpie has a wonderful blog you should check out. I'm supposed to leave you with seven facts about me, then pass on the award. Since I'm really bad at picking out only a few bloggers, I'd like for anyone who's stopped by here today and commented to accept this award for your own blog. (I'm always afraid of leaving someone out)
And my quick 7 useless facts:
1. I've gone by the name PK since I was a baby
2. I use only all natural cleaning products
3. I learned to Scuba dive when I was 16
4. I slept with a light on in my bedroom til I was 12 (overactive imagination)
5. I sometimes write longhand in a spiral notebook and rewrite into word
6. My first story I wrote when I was 10 was about a girl who falls off a cruise ship and makes friends with a Great White shark who takes care of her so she can live in the ocean. (lol)
7. I could live on cheese, tomatoes, olive oil, and almonds
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Do you have any pitch stories or sites you'd like to share? Or maybe just tell me what you're up to these days ....