Maybe you don't know exactly what a pitch slam is and why it's so important to a writers that's trying to get an agent. Let me explain a pitch slam. A pitch slam is when you have 90 seconds to pitch your story to an agent. It's sort of like speed dating but your not looking at a handsome man or pretty girl. You're looking at someone that you want, but not in a speed date type of way. You want this person to hire you and you want them to hire you badly. Maybe you want them more then your speed date. In a quick description that's what a pitch slam is.
Let me get back to my day, so I'm now waiting on line because it seemed to have been the in thing to do. As I'm waiting on line frantically trying to memorize my pitch I figure to myself that I know my book. It'll be simple to pitch. This is my book and no one knows my book better then me. I went into a room that was filled wall to wall with agents. They didn't frighten me. They are all human, I think. Anyway, I was able to pitch to six of them. Which isn't horrible but as I'm struggling with my pitch, stumbling over my words, blanking out on a romance novel that I spent three months writing and two years editing. I ended up with six agents cards. I was ecstatic I received six agents cards.
Who was better then me? I'll tell you, every other person in the room. These agents were handing out their cards to everyone and I mean everyone! So to sum everything up I'm in the exact place I was before April 6th and I didn't even get a date. Besides all that, I did meet a few nice agents that did seem to like my work. And yes, one was a man so maybe it is like speed dating. You never leave with exactly what you want but you will settle for whatever.
Don't be discouraged I haven't heard back from any of the six agents but I'm sure I will. My main focus for now is to just keep on writing. It is said you should write 1,000,000 words before you get a book deal. That may just be true. Happy writing, reading and speed dating:) If there is ever a conference in your area I recommend you attending for at least the experience. If I don't get an agent from it at least I had a good time, or it just made me want to self-publish.