Jenny and I are doing the Writer's Digest Pitch Slam today, which is a one-day writer's conference right before BEA. I've done it three times before.
Why do I do it when I don't have the time to read the queries that come in on their own?
I think it's really important for new writers to meet and listen to agents, to hone their pitching skills, to ask us questions about the business and their books, and to de-mystify the world of agentinig.
I've been doing this for so long and I can't represent everybody out there, but I can take three minutes at a time to share what I've learned over the years.
I rarely take on something that's pitched to me this way, but often I'll get a letter saying someone met with me years ago and now they know they have something that's right for me. And every now and then, they're right.