Posted by JaneL on October 06, 2013 at 19:05:09:
In Reply to: Agents at writing conferences posted by LK on October 06, 2013 at 11:54:24:
: Anybody here have any experience pitching to an agent at a writing conference? Is it worthwhile?
Yes and maybe. You only get a very short time to make your pitch, and usually they just say nice to have met you. They might say to send them the first chapter, but often that goes nowhere. On the other hand, many writers HAVE gotten an agent at conferences because the agent is actually there to try to get new clients. They are usually not your top level agents. They are often new agents. Many beginning writers jump at the chance to get an agent before they are ready. Many try to get an agent before their book is ready. That won't work. But if your book is ready (I mean REALLY ready, workshopped extensively and gone through MANY revisions), then go for it. It's worth a shot. One word of caution: the worst thing that could happen to you would be to get an agent who is not capable of selling your book. Before you sign anything, do your homework re their track record.
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