Several of us are pitching this Saturday during the annual Ozarks Romance Authors' conference http://ozarks-romance-authors.com/ Writers from the Ozarks will pitch to either literary agent Louise Fury with the L. Perkins Agency or Avalon editor Lia Brown. And we're nervous.
Whether you're a virgin pitcher, a semi-pro or a pro, let's face our pitch fear head on. What exactly are you afraid of? See a list of possibilities below, then add your own.
I might forget my name, or worse, my plot.
It's highly possible that I'll cry, pee my pants or faint.
What if my book isn't good enough?
I can't figure out how to boil 300 pages of perfect prose down to a sentence or two.
I'm afraid I'll stutter throughout the entire conversation. And turn red.
I just don't have that author "look."
I don't know HOW to pitch.
If I get a book deal, I don't know the first thing about marketing.
I just want to sit in my office and write. Leave me alone.
I've written several books. Which one should I pitch?
I don't like the business side of writing.
What if I get a three-book contract (we can dream!) and I can't meet the deadlines?
I self-published. Will that hurt my chances?
I'm afraid the agent or editor will love my pitch, publish my book (which will sell millions) and I can't handle the success.
Do you relate to any of these? What are your fears? Please chime in. Let's face this pitching thing head on--and good luck!