Easy final day, if you don't count near vomiting before and after my agent appointment...
Sat down with the agent and stuttered through my pitch. She thought I said cotton box, and not condom box. *snort* Seems my pitch is in decent order, though I need a line that will allude to Kris' role in the book. Otherwise, I'm on the right track. She asked a lot of questions about my story, and thinks I should expand on Kris' territoriality regarding Nick to add to the romance-blossoming. I like what she had to say and am already thinking of ways to pump up the conflict. I didn't expect her to request a sample, because though she does some romance, she's more fantasy-oriented.
So my tactic was to just try out a pitch and see if it was a total bust, without exhausting an agent who might have wanted an immediate sample if the pitch hadn't sucked. Granted, I fully intend to keep an eye out on her blogs and see when she takes a swing back toward romance requests. She was very helpful, though. I took a lot away from that, and I appreciate the heck out of her commentary. Heard some talk of an agent or two who weren't very interested in participating in the conference or in the pitch session, so I lucked out.
All in all I'm totally jazzed about my virgin foray into writing conferences. Learned a lot, took lots of notes, and am off to apply my new knowledge to my manuscript. I feel like I keep finding reasons to NOT start sending queries, but I'd rather find out I need more work before I exhaust agents to beg and plead at. Polish first, whoring second, right? Right. Take it slow, daddio. I got nothing but time, baby. Hopefully the couple of random nuggets starting to form in my brain re: Kris will play out well, and not require much chapter shuffling.
Oh, while we're on it, can I brag about this???
Can't help it, I'm totally jazzed. A little validation goes a long way, eh? Man, you should have seen the epileptic fit I tossed. Had to flee before I caused an earthquake, hee.