Donna co-chair of Conflux 9, the National Spec Fic Convention 2013, says:
On the weekend at the fantastic Genrecon, Conflux 9 took pleasure in
announcing another pitching contest at Conflux 9. The details are pasted below. We will also be running pitching sessions that are on a first come first served basis so stay tuned in future to hear about that. That is, there is no contest, just nominating for a session.
I was very fortunate to have a pitching session with Ginger Clark, a New York agent at Genrecon. What a great opportunity! I know pitching is probably more familiar to romance writers, but I think we spec fic writers need to get more organised and get more exposure. Ever gone to a con hoping to meet an agent or editor and every time you got close there were five people all hanging around, or you felt too shy and then missed the opportunity? Well a pitching session gives you a chance to have your say, pitch your novel and talk to that editor or publisher. It may be five minutes but it’s better than nothing.
So here goes.
Pitching session with Deonie Fiford
Associate Publisher Harper Voyager
Do you have a completed speculative fiction manuscript?
Would you like to pitch your novel to Harper Voyager’s Deonie Fiford?
Conflux 9 is providing the opportunity for 10 debut and previously published authors with the opportunity to pitch their novels to Deonie Fiford in April 2013 as part of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention to be held in Canberra from 25 April to 28 April 2013. This is a professional development opportunity to have your novel manuscript in front of an editor.
What do you have to do?
Ensure your MS is as good as it can be. Send the first 30 pages of your MS in standard format RTF or DOC file and a maximum two page synopsis (that is, summary of characters, plot and your intentions/inspiration, in that order) to email@example.com during the submission period and using the subject
line HarperVoyager Pitch.
It may pay for you to check out some of Harper Voyager’s publications
beforehand to ensure your work is what they might be looking for.
If you are already member of Conflux 9 you don’t have to do anything more than wait.
If you aren’t a member of Conflux 9, then join up. The minimum requirement is for entering is a $30 supporting membership.
To attend the pitching workshop during Conflux 9 you need to be attending Conflux on the day of the workshop and a full attending membership is preferred. Those who win a place and cannot attend Conflux 9 will have to give up their place to those the next in line.
What is the process?
The manuscripts will be assessed by two readers and a final list of up to ten decided. The authors of these manuscripts will be invited to a
preparatory workshop and then to the pitching session.
A two-hour workshop on how to pitch novels will be presented by author, Rowena Cory Daniels. This will be followed by a one-on-one pitching session with editor Deonie Fiford for 5 minutes.
When will this take place?
Submissions will be open from 1 January to 31 January 2013. The entries will be read during February 2013. The announcement of the shortlisted authors will be made during March. The top ten synopses will be sent Deonie in early April.
And then what?
Deonie Fiford may invite authors to send her manuscripts for consideration.
However, there is no guarantee she will do so. Conflux 9 and Deonie Fifiord do not provide any guarantees that authors who are selected to pitch novels will be invited to submit a full manuscript. All decisions are final and discussion will not be entered into.
Donna Maree Hanson
Co-Chair Conflux 9