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On the way up to the event that is Balticon, Lauren “Scribe” Harris spent the night with us…and then she spent another night with us on the way home! We fired up the mic to enjoy a one-show before-and-after to talk with this talented up-and-coming author about meeting agents at a con. How do you approach agents? How do you not come across like “that author” at an event? Pull up a chair and have a listen to what advice we offer before Balticon, and then see how she fared up afterwards.
Oh, and after Balticon? “Scribe” may have fixed cocktails for us. It’s an jam-packed show, heading beyond the hour mark so be ready!
00:00 — Introduction
Holy crap, we’re back already behind the mic! And this time, we are not alone….
And our favorite Bavarian provides another drop-in for the show.
01:22 — A Crash Course in Networking (with Lauren “Scribe” Harris)
Lauren asks Tee and Pip to help her prep for Balticon 50
So we are clear what is NOT happening when George R.R. Martin is at Balticon.
Some background on Lauren’s quest for an agent.
How do you approach an agent and not be “that author” in front of an editor or agent?
There’s Verena again!
If you can tell a story, you can talk to an agent.
Have business card, will travel.
Different icebreakers for editors and agents
You never stop feeling like a n00b. Just ask Tee and who he almost did a panel with…
Eye contact. Firm handshake. (Lauren’s got this!)
Play up coincidences and be yourself.
Don’t always be pitching. That can get real old, real quick.
A quick tangent on moderating panels.
What we do and we don’t like in panels and panel moderation.
Lauren has a plan…kinda.
Tee’s got a few ideas on how to relax.
Pip evokes the “Pull Pip Back” drop-in….
Breathing is good. So is perspective.
22:26 — Elevator Pitching 101
Lauren pitches to Tee and Pip, and Tee goes to work.
Elevator Pitches for Tee’s works-in-progress
Wolf in the Fold
Tee gets a hold of Lauren’s query and tries to make a pitch on the fly…
Man—Lauren is a HARSH critic!
Look for the touchstones of your query, and build your elevator pitch around that.
Keep the elevator pitches short, quick, and all in one sentence.
And Lauren knocks it out of the park with an elevator pitch for Song of the Heretic!
We evoke Damon Suede once more on the show…
Check it—Tee stumped Lauren with a literature reference.
Remember: The Elevator Pitch is your hook.
Make sure the pitches line up.
38:14 — Fast Forward to Post-Balticon (with Lauren “Scribe” Harris)
We have cocktails!
Yes, PJ and Matt, we are thinking of you…and are bitter about it.
Lauren will be stepping in as a Deep Southern PJ Schnyder…
So, Lauren settles in with panels alongside the agent. How did it go?
Panel One: Dealing with Rejection
Lauren handles introductions with the agent like a boss!
Panel Two: The Fine Art of Negotiation (or Lauren Thinks Fast on Her Feet)
It is always nice to have an audience eager to ask questions.
Don’t always count on the audience to be hungry to talk to agents and editors.
9 a.m. panels can have a good turnout.
Yes, Tee called Lauren “darling” and everyone was okay with it. #SouthernThang
Taking a moment to talk a bit about Balticon and their bumpy weekend, logistically speaking.