Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Remember last year around this time when I was stressing over what to wear for my pitch session at the ANWA Writers Conference I was attending? (If you need a refresher, click-a here-a.)

Well I pitched again at this year's conference *TWICE IN FACT* and didn't give my wardrobe much thought. Didn't even purchase a single new item. I was much more at ease. (Thank you, Lisa & Linda!)

Here was my Friday pitch outfit:
(Pitched to Publisher Shadow Mountain)

Notice the comfy flats I wore this time around

And here was Saturday's:
(Pitched to Publisher Walnut Springs

Broke free of the must-wear black and wore dark brown. Daring I know!

BOTH REQUESTED FULL MANUSCRIPTS which is the goal for any pitch--get them to ask for pages!

I've also been sending my manuscript out to a few agents since the end of January. One rejection so far and it was a quick "Thanks, but it's not for me" rejection. Standard.

And I should note that my novel has graduated...it's no longer a WIP (Work In Progress). Something new is taking its place (YAY!) because IDEAL HIGH is DONE!!!*

*at least done till an editor asks for revisions!


Susan G. Haws said...

Thank you for sharing last year and this. It would be a big concern for me as I am not little miss fashion.

Britney Gulbrandsen said...

Congrats on the requests for fulls! Yay!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Two full requests? Excellent. and congratulations!

Tera Mecham said...

Congrats on successful pitch sessions. I would imagine that takes guts. Good luck to you!

Donna Hatch, historical romance author said...

Congratulations on getting requests for a full from, not one, but two!!! That's wonderful!! I hope it results in a nice sale for you.

Maria Hoagland said...

What drew me to your post was mention of what you wore. I guess I'm one of those people who worries about stuff like that, too, even if it's silly. But it is a fun excuse to buy something new. Congrats on the requests and especially for graduating from WIP to done!

Susan said...

Congratulations, Valerie! It must feel great to have the book done. I know it's been a long time coming :)

Valerie Ipson said...

Hey, Susan, how are you? It's been awhile. Have you decided yet that you need a critique chapter? We'd love to have you!


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