I learned about live pitch competitions this week. At book conventions, authors can sign up to pitch their novel or series in front of agents. A good example is the BookExpo Challenge, which takes place during BEA Week (Book Expo America). During these pitch competitions, authors basically give an in-person query letter, and if an agent likes the idea, agents can request more material and begin the representation process. It is also a good way to tell if an agent and a potential client would be a good personality fit.
Another thing Fuse is doing is the Hot Holiday Reads anthology, which will donate 100% of the profits to refugee relief. They called for submissions ending October 31, and now agents are hard at work editing the submissions and deciding which ones will fit in the romance anthology. All the while continuing their regular agenting work, and keeping on top of the ever expanding query box. Good thing Emily has my help!
Until next time,