A few weeks ago I attended the OWFI writers conference in Oklahoma City. I pitched my newest book, Treasure of the Anasazi, the second in the Jack Trader series, to three individuals, one agent and two publishers. All three asked to see the manuscipt. I hope it wasn't just a matter of being nice. It was a new experience. Last year at the same conference I pitched to three individuals and only one asked to see it. She was a big time agent. You'd know her name. I sent it and never heard back from her. I got the impression at the time that she was just going through the motions. The three I pitched to this year gave me the feeling that they were genuinely interested. I should point out that it was a different book that I pitched this time. Perhaps I would have had the same response if I had pitched the same book again. I still haven't sent it to them yet. I asked if they would mind if I went through it again to identify any errors, grammar, punctuation, or otherwise. None had a problem with it. It is now in the hands of my editor to find anything I missed and/or find problems with the story. The beta readers who have already read it were encouraging by saying they liked it and I shouldn't change a thing. Only one was a family member. I am working on the synopsis and should finish it soon. Before too long I will submit it and get back to work on my third book, Tragedy in Durango.
I am a self-employed geologist, land surveyor and indie writer living with my wife, Sandra, in a rural setting south of Wichita, Kansas