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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

Agent K

Agent K: What are you pitching?
Me: Security & Exchange is a contemporary first person mystery set in tech-savvy Seattle, featuring computer forensics detective Dag Hamar and his partner Deb Riley. Computer code and hidden files prove as dangerous as dark alleys and flying bullets as Dag tears apart a missing man's laptop computer and discovers the billion dollar fortune he took with him.
Agent K: Would you mind sending it to me, too?
Me: Sure. I'm polishing the draft right now and will be mailing it out on August 11.
Agent K: That would be fine.
Me: Uh... Did you just want a sample chapter and synopsis?
Agent K: No. Send me the whole thing. I want to read it.

So I have two asks for the complete manuscript and a promise to deliver on August 11! I'm quite blown away.

Also, was in a really great session with Alice Volpe who is J.A. Jance's agent. What a funny and interesting person! I wish her session had been twice as long and that I'd been there for all of it. Key points (in response to direct questions) included
  1. It is more important to have a great single book than to have a series. End the book in the way that will make it the best book possible, not so you can make a franchise out of it.

  2. It's great that you put out the anthology for charity and it won't make a bit of difference to a publisher. What do you think they are going to be mad because you stole a hundred customers?

She also managed to point at me in a jacket and tie and wearing my Panama hat and say "I'll bet you are writing noir fiction." We had a good laugh, but I didn't really pitch to her. I'll send her a query after the conference.

Finally, there was dinner with J.A. Jance. Wow! listening to her story of being denied entrance into University of Arizona's creative writing program because she was a girl (1964) and her 18-year struggle before she finally sat down to write a book was amazing. But listening to some of the responses that she has gotten from readers over the years opens your eyes to the real power of the written word to change people's lives, even if it is a genre fiction novel. It's something to think about.

Today, a session on blogging for writers and then Ken Atchity will be speaking over lunch.