A couple of weeks ago I attended the Missouri Writers Guild Just Write! Conference. During the conference, I had the opportunity to pitch to two agents. I researched them online, scouring the Internet for information about their likes and dislikes. As a bonus, the Missouri Writers Guild conducted interviews with each of them and even asked how they like to be pitched.
My first pitch resulted in a full request. When I went through the same pitch with the second agent, she answered, “That’s not really my cup of tea.” She said even if the writing was spectacular, that kind of story just didn’t appeal to her. And you know what? I respect that. We obviously wouldn’t be a good fit, and that’s such an important aspect of an author/agent relationship.
I’ve been reading through the other entries for #TheWritersVoice contest, and I’ve discovered that many of them aren’t my cup of tea, either. The query and first 250 words might be well-written and compelling, but they’re just not the kind of stories I’d read. It gives me a new perspective on how an agent reads the slush pile and what they mean when they say the business is subjective.
As for #TheWritersVoice judges, it will be interesting to see which entries are their cup of tea. Good luck to all!