Well, I pitched to five agents during the SavvyAuthors September Pitch Fest. All five shot me down. Between them, they must have received over a thousand pitches. Some writers pitched to all of the agents (there were publishing house editors too, but I didn’t pitch to them). Out of the ninety requests from those agents for full or partial manuscripts, I was not one of them. As Charlie Brown would say, “Rats.”
On the plus side, I did receive a response from another agent to my email query (and first ten pages) of a few weeks ago:
Thank you very much for the opportunity to review your query. I don’t feel that your project sounds like quite the right fit for my list at this time, and so will respectfully pass.
I appreciate the chance to consider your work and wish you the best of luck in finding a home for your book.
I’m happy she responded. I’m unhappy that I submitted my prologue as the first six of the ten pages. I should have submitted only the first ten pages of chapters one and two. Of course, she may have rejected me based on the four pages of chapter one. The prologue sets up context for the entire story; reading only the first four pages of the novel hooks the reader but doesn’t tell them the story.
Of course, the agent wants a sample of my writing, but also wants to be hooked from the beginning. Maybe she didn’t care for my writing. Maybe I didn’t hook her right away. Maybe my voice turned her off. Maybe the story wasn’t the type she represents. I don’t know.
In any case, back to the pitcher’s mound.