The day arrived and I made my way to Victoria Park on Spring Garden Rd. It was a crisp, cool day and the event was outside so I added an extra layer figuring the nervous energy coursing through me would keep me warm. I often forget that I've been living in warm climates for 17 years...brrrr! is all I have to say. Anyways, I sat through all the scheduled pitches eagerly awaiting my turn with butterflies in my stomach - not sure if it was the cold making me shiver or nerves! The minutes ticked by and all of the sudden, they were wrapping up and thanking everyone for their time and the publishers were selecting their favorite pitch to award a prize to. But wait!!! I haven't done mine yet, I screamed inside my head. It eventually sunk in that they had run out of time and weren't going to get to the waiting list. Rats! I made my way to the front, made a quick introduction to the publisher who had indicated that he was interested in books of my genre, handed him my proposal (I wasn't going to let the opportunity totally go to waste) and then gave the other two copies to the organizer of the event just in case she knew of other publishers who might be interested.
Initially I was so disappointed. Then I sat back and reflected on the pitches I heard (which were amazing and I believe will result in more than a few book deals...which the publishers actually said during the process). I looked at the notes I had taken during each publisher's critique. It was a public forum with an audience and three publishers on stage who each commented after each pitch. I realized what an invaluable experience I had just had. Being new to the whole process, the more input I can get, the more I fine tune my proposal, the more I learn from other authors (and aspiring authors), the better chance I'll have in getting published. It's a long haul and I'm still on the fence about whether or not to continue to seek an agent or publisher or to just self-publish. The learning curve is steep but I'm enthralled with the business and everything I research and read is fascinating! I'll keep you posted on my progress as I make my way through this sometimes frustrating but always exciting process.