This week is Thrillerfest. So, be on the lookout for tweets & posts coming live from NYC! I've received a couple of emails lately from blog readers who are going to Thrillerfest this year. I will answer those questions here on the blog. Be sure to check out last year's Thrillerfest 2011 posts:
Part ONE Thrillerfest 2011
Part TWO Thrillerfest 2011
Part THREE Thrillerfest 2011
If you have any other questions, feel free to drop me a line CYMLOWELL (cymlowell at gmail.com).
1. I've gone to your blog several times since I decided to go to Thrillerfest this year (2012). Thank you! Would love your feedback on how we can improve the blog.
2. I will be attending Thrillerfest for the first time ever, and I will be participating in all the fest activities (including volunteering). Congratulations. I look forward to meeting you. I will be around all week. I am 66, 6'2" with whitish curly hair. I will look for you as well.
3. Can you provide some advice on Agentfest? What did you provide the Literary Agents? This will be my third AgentFest. I have tried different approaches. The tendency is to over-prepare and have too much paper in your hand. The agents are looking for a simple, confident "elevator summary" of your project. This year, I have made mine into about a 20 second explanation, which I have tried on a variety of people. Every time I say it, it fits together in my head. I plan to have a business card, a smile, and confidence to communicate my enthusiasm about my project.
4. How did you pitch them your ideas? In the past, I have had too much to say and did not make it an elevator pitch.
5. Do you stick with the "What if" type pitch? Do what is comfortable for you. How would you explain your project in a 20 second elevator ride, or in a bar, or wherever?
6. Do you have to have a completed website? Yes, it is www.cymlowell.com.
7. My manuscript is in the final stages of revision. Do I need to bring any copies with me to Thrillerfest? No, just bring your smile, confidence, and joy.
8. Does my manuscript need to be perfect before next week? No. If agents are interested, they will ask for a synopsis and about 25-50 pages. Your pitch should set the hook, drive it in with the synopsis, and opening paragraph of your book. Good luck!
I hope I was able to answer some of your questions. I also hope to see you there! Be sure to let me know if you will be attending Thrillerfest 2012.