Slightly against my better judgment, I have signed up for a Literary Speed Dating event at the end of June. Picture it – a room with editors and publishers sitting at desks, while lowly writers and wannabe-writers queue for their three minute pitch! Some writerly friends have assured me that it is not as terrifying as it sounds but it sounds akin to being surrounded by a pack of dire wolves who may or may not be on your side!
But the key to success with this, as with all things, is preparation. So I have been trying to internet stalk my list of preferred editors and publishers. This has proved somewhat difficult. If only editors and publishers had their own websites where they would say things like I love stories about purple elves, 1500 words long, funny and heartfelt. Okay, don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to write about purple elves (not that I have anything against purple elves) but if only I knew what they wanted, I’m sure I could give it to them!
Anyway, on the up-side there are actually four children’s publishers attending – and they’re big guns. Wait a minute…
Ok, just discovered a really cool way of internet-stalking…shh! If you google a person’s
image it brings up extra stuff that their name alone may not reveal. For instance, Susannah Chambers of Allen & Unwin who will be one of the guest editors is really into YA. I discovered this through her blog about a New York fellowship.
And I discovered through LinkedIn (I knew it would come in handy one of these days) that Hilary Rogers (below) from Hardie Grant Egmont really likes junior series -hmm!
I have a junior series to pitch and a couple of picture book manuscripts. I also have a non-fiction picture book that I’ve been playing around with. Wish me luck!
Love Mum xo
PS. Hope you feel better soon 🙂