Had my first agent pitch last night with Cheryl Ferguson of the Ferguson Literary Agency . She was extremely wonderful to me, especially when I choked during the pitch. The book, "Racing the Moon" I pitched to her is an epic adventure with a large cast and it was difficult to answer questions that might have been easier if the book were a traditionally crafted romance. So, just a warning to anyone who has a 'group' of heroes for their story--try to find a way to share that information in an agent pitch BEFORE you sit down with an agent.
Cheryl was extremely patient with me and seemed interested in my writing process, in the other works I have plotted or written, and did request a partial, so we'll see how it goes. Right now, she hasn't sent me the submission guidelines she asked me to email her for. It could be that it's just the weekend, or she could be having second thoughts.
In the end, I prefer the query letter. It's much easier to share a story of this magnitude. I do have a partial with The Knight Agency at this time, and a query with the Donald Maass agency, so I've got plenty to bite my nails over.
And I'm still trying to figure out how to share a photo of my book cover here, but for now, I'll put up the link to my newsletter. Feel free to sign up! I'll begin publishing in June with reader information, writing tips, contest news, and other fun tidbits :)