Stressful for Authors and Agents "On several occasions at conferences," says Folio Literary Management's Jeff Kleinman, "someone sits down across from me, we introduce ourselves, and then the writer on the other side of the table bursts into tears.
It's a truly weird and horrible feeling to be sitting there watching a grown woman, carefully made up, sobbing into a wad of typescript." "Being pitched face-to-face is hard for authors and agents," another agent agrees.
This session will bring our attendees face to face with many of the most talented and insightful editors, agents and other publishing “Pros” working locally in California and in the New York publishing world. If you are registering by mail or fax, be sure to mark it on your San Francisco Writers Conference registration form.
(It’s on Saturday afternoon in the Peacock Ballroom. IMPORTANT: You must be a registered conference attendee to sign up for The runner-up in the children’s category of the SFWC Writing Contest last year (Melissa Savage) will be introduced at the 2016 SFWC…
If they are wearing their name badge, you can introduce yourself and even do a mini-pitch!
(We post names and descriptions of the agents on the website and in the program.) We also offer the Ask A Pro session as part of our full conference program and at NO EXTRA CHARGE.
Most important—we discussed that craft comes first and that if you have trouble with your pitch or query it often means that your manuscript is not quite ready for prime time.
Cynthia Leitich Smith, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: In depth illustrations and illustrators, process, production, and more.
Writers bring a packet with a synopsis, bio, cast breakdown and production requirements to leave with each of the producers.
Then at , they go into the Pitch Room to meet the producers - one at each of the stations. We ring a second bell, producers have two minutes to respond and ask questions, or give feedback.
Meanwhile, group two is in the Coaching Room getting coached for an hour starting at . We estimate that pitches and turnaround should take about 50 minutes total for all eleven.
We will have wine and cheese afterwards, so although the pitch sessions will end at around , we hope writers and producers will stay and chat informally until 9pm or so. Eleven writers pitching to eleven producers at one time?