What’s new? Pitching an agent and a short story

It’s been a while since I last blogged. In my defence, I have been busy. Book three in the DCI Winters series, ‘Skin Deep’, is slowly coming along. My second novel, ‘The Principle of Evil’, is still out there getting one of the following:

1. No answer at all.

2. Rejected.

3. Some requests for complete MS. Huzzah!

*Note to self* Still no guarantee of securing an agent, but soldier on, safe in  the knowledge that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Become an ice-cube, not a snowflake. Thick skin and all that.

It’s not all doom and gloom.

After one rejection a few weeks ago I happened to see an advert for a FREE event held in Foyles bookstore in London. Talk about timing!

I was lucky enough to secure a time slot for the ‘Pitch and agent’ Discovery Day, run by literary agents Curtis Brown and their sister company Conville & Walsh.

I’ve just had my time slot confirmed today, so I’m now as excited as I am nervous. The Discovery Day isn’t until 16th November, so I’ve got plenty of time to try to nail it, but there’s enormous pressure.

This is the second Discovery Day that’s been held, and I read somewhere that there were 300 or so attendees last year and some came as far as America for a time slot. This year the time slots went just as fast, so competition will be high.

I’ve been rejected by Curtis Brown before, but was told I had a submission that, ‘stood out from what we receive’. The agent then said that although he was turning me down, he ‘hoped another agent felt differently.’

Interesting rejection that one.

I’m hoping my pitch will help sway some minds, but as usual, there are no guarantees. It’ll be an experience anyway. I’ll be blogging about it in November and hopefully I can offer a little insight.

We hear a lot about literary agents being the ‘gatekeepers’ to the world of traditional publishing. To some extent that’s true, but there have been a lot of self-published authors out there who are making a big impression and making those in the industry take note.

For me, I’m still aiming for traditional publishing but until that happens I will be self-publishing my work.

This leads me to the next bit . . .

I’ve been struggling a little with book three, despite a great start (see pervious post  where I saying how easy I’d found it! That’ll teach me for tempting fate.)

Whilst I was procrastinating/deliberately avoiding (delete as appropriate) book three, I found an old short story I wrote a few years ago and decided to polish it and add a cameo appearance from DCI Winters, the protagonist in my novels.

It’s called ‘Broken Palace’, and I will release it on Kindle soon. There will also be a small excerpt from the first two novels included.

Once again, as with ‘For All Our Sins’, I produced the cover to keep costs down.

KINDLE FINAL COVER - BROKEN PALACE    COVER ATTEMPT 10

I think it’s good to have a break from a project if you need it. I know what I’m doing with the third book and even know what I could be getting on with but I just can’t seem to muster the enthusiasm at the moment.

Taking a break from it to work on another small project is helping me. After I’ve released the short story, I think I’ll be raring to go with book three again.

Any tips for when one project seems to be flagging, would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. Any tips for pitching is also more than welcome. Come November, I don’t think I’ll have an nails left!

5 thoughts on “What’s new? Pitching an agent and a short story

    • Thank you. At least I’ll know what to expect if I ever have to do it again after November. Also, you never know what doors it may open for you at these events.

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