My good friend, Sandra, has been telling me all week, “Enjoy the journey.” She’s referring to my preparation for the FWA conference in Orlando where I came to pitch Kobi’s story.
Today has been an incredible ride! I had my pitch session with Nicole Resciniti from The Seymour Agency. True to form, I was nervous and neurotic! I’m sure my voice quivered and my hands shook, but she never mentioned it. Saying that she was ‘so nice’, doesn’t cover it…but she was!
I rambled through Kobi’s pitch and then mentioned I also had a trailer, cover art, head shots, etc. if she wanted to see them. She did. I think she was most intrigued was with the collage of real pictures I had, including his freeze brand. She asked about it and I launched into the BLM mustang processing, showing the US on the brand and explaining that’s what I used to trace his history, including his jail time!
At the end, she requested I send Kobi’s entire manuscript. Obviously his story is the one I’m most passionate about and she really liked that. My goal was to be passionate, not crazy and hopefully that came out!
Her only suggestion was a different, more fun middle grade title…maybe one that expresses Kobi’s sassy, snarky attitude. She said I could keep ‘Kobi’ in the title….lose ‘memoir’.