Got back late last night from the Whidbey Writers Conference. Having left on Thursday around noon and arrived at my final destination about 2am EST, I started out not knowing what time it felt like to me. This continued throughout the weekend with about 5 hours of sleep per night, ending with a slightly late plane connection that got me home after midnight last night. I hope by the end of the week to figure out how to check my watch without attempting to do math. Meanwhile it seems mighty odd not to have author-agent appointments this afternoon.
I may or may not do a full conference report later, but the question I was most often asked this weekend wasn’t the one that usually comes out on top. It was: is it easier to get an agent at a conference or via a query? Now, I can’t answer for everyone, but looking at my own client list I see precious few that were conference meets originally, though there are some (maybe 3? and at least 2 of those were years and manuscripts after the initial meeting). I don’t think I’m quite up to the level of math to come up with statistics (which is the answer many people actually got this weekend). I tend to think I’m more likely to ask to read something from those I meet at a conference than from queries. In this particular case, I met with 32 authors (officially, and there were more exchanges that happened in the hall, over lunch, etc.) and asked for 9 submissions, which is greater than my average by query (approximately 2-3 per week usually, out of 100-150 queries). But my gut feeling is that the percentage chance of netting representation isn’t actually any higher. I have no math to back that up, and I doubt I could develop any, even if I were awake.
Oh, and if anyone was wondering, the “what do you want to be when you grow up?” post several days back was the pre-cursor to an excercise that I was intending to use in a workshop I presented. I’ll try to elaborate on that at some point.
In any case, now I’m home again and can return to the “routine” of the agent-life. Heh.