This weekend, at Halifax’s Word on the Street, there’s this bizarre event called “Pitch the Publisher”. The structure is this: think Dragon’s Den, but in a crowd of your peers, pitching to people who you know may well never even think about your book.
I have a few minutes to endear the publishers to me in a room with multiple distractions in a crowd of shifting people, in a tent which will probably be soaked with rain. I’m hoping they’ll ask for my parcel, a detailed outline, the first chapter, our bios (mine and my coauthor’s). I’m dreaming they’ll be thrilled, or at least mildly intrigued, by the premise. But I know it’ll be hard to catch their attention.
So I’m bringing visual aids with me. They’ll include: something frozen, two books, and something with wheels.
I’m pitching in non-fiction, but there are sessions for fiction and writing for youth. Last time I pitched, it was totally discouraging, as I arrived with a genre book and the three publishers told everyone at the start that they NEVER published genre. Genre being anything like romance, mystery, fantasy, westerns, anything you can pin a name onto, except literary. Everyone there brought genre books, pretty well, and it was sad.
This time I’m hoping our credentials hold true. I think we’ve got a great idea. Wish me/us luck!