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Pitching the publisher, post-recovery


Well. Life is good.

I went and pitched the publisher those many weeks ago (or so it seems) and managed to gather interest – won “best pitch” and impressed my envelope of goodies upon a publisher. The book, tentatively subtitled: MS and Intimacy, looks like it’s got legs, as they say. Many of them are in odd positions (sorry, couldn’t resist)

ImageSince then, I’ve been struggling as I, overwhelmed, try to get back into writing chapter 6. My co-author, Karen, and I, plan to do up chapter six, redo the cover letter (which I feel was a bit rushed) and send the whole package out to an agent or two and perhaps some additional publishers.

So, why the struggle? My computer died, and had to go to the doc. I am typing on my netbook, which is cute at times but also leads to people saying “I feel your pain” when I mention same. The keys are closely arranged for my stubby fingers and I often delete total paragraphs unexpectedly. I think I’ve figured out the key formations that do this but they are closely enough located that I can’t help pressing them as I race along.

And then, I’ve got life popping in here and there, demanding attention.

Little things like cohabitation agreements, love in all its glory, fall cleaning, Thanksgiving, travel, needing to eat, etc.

Today, it’s a glorious fall day. I must get out in it, somehow. So, since I am struggling to write, I think I’ll put my chapter six outline into my head and go for a stagger while my brain processes it.

Maybe I can trim the overload and write.

Pitching the publisher…


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!