I entered my one paragraph pitch in a contest a couple of weeks ago. I didn't make the finals. But not ONE of the ones I picked made the finals. I met a new friend there and her pitch was my favorite - it didn't make it either. I read her book and it was fabulous. Like depth of story and incredible writing Fabulous. When it gets published, I will recommend it to everyone I know. It was that good. And out of only 100 entries, hers didn't make it to the final ten.
What's more, I didn't love any of the ones that did win. It had nothing to do with the writing, they simply weren't my thing. So, go figure. It really is a matter of taste!!
I think that when we're putting ourselves out there by sending queries - and attending conferences and making pitches - that it really all is a matter of taste. Well, and timing.
But in the end, it all comes down to us making ourselves crazy over something that we really have very little control over. All we can do is to write our stories in the best way we know how. Send it to the agents we think have the best chance of liking our work. And wait. And wait. And then wait some more.
On the flipside - I was at an agent's blog and she was asking how to best phrase a form rejection.
From my end, my favorite was "Thanks Jolene, but this isn't for me."
Keep it simple.
So, I guess my advice is - for those who are there and those will be in my shoes soon - don't go crazy.
Enjoy the process.
Writing is fun.
Hope all you conference goers are having a blast!
I'm reveling in my newly signed contract with Cedar Fort :^D
And I can't wait to hear all the happy news and fun blogs of those of you who are attending!