For our panel, we read the query letters of everyone in our group and then discussed their strong and weak points. I was very excited that the pitches for everyone in my group were non-fiction, since I am trying to build my non-fiction list right now, and they were all good. I ended up requesting to see a bunch of them and giving the writers my card. I really hope that I get to hear from all of them. Every once in a while people, for whatever reason, don’t end up giving me a chance to read their work even after I request to see it, which can be a bummer.
I know this is probably not what you think of when you think of an agent-writer exchange, but it happens. I’ve met people who have really great manuscripts and I get all revved up to read them, and they never come. Then a few weeks down the road, their manuscript will suddenly pop into my mind and I want to snap my fingers and go, “Darn it! What happened to that?”
The proposal at Backspace that probably captured my attention the most was for a memoir entitled RUNNING WITH ROMNEY. It was by a special agent who was part of the Romney security detail during his campaign in ’06. I loved his proposal and was enthusiastic about it during our query session. I hope he sends it to me; I’m going to snap very hard if he doesn’t.