14 Responses to “Something you may not know about editors…”

  1. Diana Peterfreund May 2, 2011 at 11:02 AM #

    Even when that mingling is “rolling around on the floor with a squealing toddler?” 😉

  2. Terri Pray May 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM #

    I know I’ve explained it to people as ‘being on stage’. It’s the same if you’re wandering the con, doing panels, or working behind table/booth. It’s physically and emotionally draining. It’s honestly not surprising when, a day or so after the convention, you end up with a cold, a sore throat, headaches, or the desire to sleep for four days.

    • D. Renee Bagby May 2, 2011 at 11:12 AM #

      I’m going through that right now. I’m recouping from a convention that ended this past Saturday. I still feel drained and very happy to be back in my writing cave.

      ~ Renee

  3. Leslie Dicken May 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM #

    That’s interesting because I’d think that authors would hover around you and you’d want to be left alone! LOL!

  4. amy kennedy May 2, 2011 at 11:04 AM #

    It’s good to be reminded of this — everyone can feel uncomfortable. We always think we’re the only ones feeling awkward. Thanks.

  5. Kim Bowman May 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM #

    I would think people would flock to you like flies to honey! I’m not sure which experience I think would be worse!

  6. D. Renee Bagby May 2, 2011 at 11:11 AM #

    Many authors feel the same way. It’s pretty much a stressful/scary time for all involved. Get out there and mingle but watch what you say. Promote yourself but don’t be pushy. Toss out that pitch but don’t ramble.

    It’s no wonder many of us end up making friends while sitting at the bar. 😛

    ~ Renee

  7. Angie May 2, 2011 at 11:17 AM #

    @Renee, I suspect there are many, many authors who do feel the same way. I think the difference is that people may not be watching the random author, but they’re often watching to see what the editor/agent do. It’s a bit like being a bug under a microscope.

    @Diana, that toddler was so freakin’ cute, I wanted to stay and play with her all night.

    @Terri, yes, there is a performance feel/aspect to it. It’s very exhausting. It’s why we sometimes will have room service or escape to our rooms for a bit, to recharge and just have some alone time!

    @Leslie and Kim, I think authors are so afraid of seeming pushy that they’re intimidated to talk to us or overwhelm us, not realizing that not having anyone approach us is just as awkward! I think tomorrow I’ll talk about some of the most memorable conference experiences for me: and they all have to do with people issuing invitations!

  8. Johnny Ray May 2, 2011 at 11:17 AM #

    I’ve been to many conferences and have learned one important fact: Editors and agents love talking about things other than writing.
    They also love wine, in general, and not being hit on, but made a part of good conversations and introductions to others.

    Johnny Ray

  9. Angie May 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM #

    @John, true, all of that!

  10. Keira Soleore May 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM #

    I always feel like editors and agents get mobbed so much (no wonder they don’t wear their nametags) that they’d be happy to have a quiet drink without someone accosting them and wanting to talk…even about commonplace things. I’m always trepiditous of approaching someone unless I’m introduced or I have a question after their workshop. What in your opinion is the best way to approach an editor or an agent who doesn’t know you and whom you’ve never met before? .

  11. Sarah Tanner May 2, 2011 at 3:29 PM #

    It’s interesting to hear an editor’s perspective on being approached by authors.

    RWA in NYC will be my first writers’ conference. With the exception of a formal pitch appointment, I’m reluctant to approach agents/editors in case I appear pushy, or they think I only want to talk to them to promote my work. From my point of view, I’m rather hoping the so-called elevator pitch isn’t to be taken literally!

  12. Christina Hollis May 4, 2011 at 12:45 AM #

    A fascinating post – thanks, Angela. As a Brit, self promotion is difficult for me. It’s a shock to find that editors have to push themselves, too.

  13. Mary Ann Clarke Scott May 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM #

    Thanks for this post Angela. As a person who’s terribly shy with strangers, networking and meeting people at conferences has always been hard for me. I’m even afraid of other introverted writers. How weird is that? Approaching an editor or an agent is a terrifying prospect. Thanks for humanizing the whole thing. Next time, I’m going to make an extra effort to make a lonely editor feel better by striking up a conversation. Even if it kills me.

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