Aftermath: Pitching Moonlight to a Literary Agent

These posts are waaaaay overdue aren’t they?

Well it’s finally here, what went on when I sat one on one with Literary Agent, Luigi Bonomi for 5 minutes and pitched Moonlight to him

Let’s start with before I went into the room shall we?

As I walked to the session, I could literally feel my hands shaking as I tweeted that I was headed to pitch Moonlight, I could barely breathe and my nerves were a complete mess. I remember thinking that if I’m like this now, I’ll most likely faint at the sight of him XD

I was the 2nd person to arrive to the room where the session was going to take place, there was one woman standing there and judging by how she clutched at the papers in her hands and her nervous demeanor, I knew that she was also going to pitch her story to her. I introduced myself to her and she was indeed a part of this pitching session. My session started at 5:05 so I was the second person to pitch my idea to him, this person was the 1st person to go and I really felt very sorry for her, to go first is to come head to head with the cannon without prior warning.

As more and more people came to the room doors, we were assigned to sit in seats while we wait our turn. I had decided to observe them and I saw nerves just jumping out of each and every one to them. It was one of the longest 5 minutes I had to wait for, to the point where I remember thinking that perhaps 5 minutes is not as short as I thought it was.

My heart leapt when I saw the doors open and my name being called. I gathered my things and went in the room. Luigi was sitting at a table, he got up and was in fact very friendly when we introduced each other before he told me to jump right in and told me to start talking about my story

Adrenaline just rushed in and I remember quickly telling him what Moonlight was all about as he read the first 5 pages in of it.

5 minutes felt like 5 seconds to be quite honest

He told me that Moonlight had a great plot with commercial potential, which got me literally over the moon and I felt relief and sheer happiness spread in every nerve of my body. I was so scared that after 2 years of working on moonlight that he will say that it is not something that Agents or publishers will be interested in so hearing him say that made me want to shed tears of joy

He also did point out some weaknesses in my text, where I can make it better but he also pointed out areas that I was strong in and told me to make the weak areas more like those then I would have a great story to sell

This session not only gave me more confidence in myself as a writer but it has also added to my drive and determination to become published

Though looking back, I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t pitch it the way I practiced it to be but oh well.. That’s nerves for ya… Makes you go blank and start blabbering like no tomorrow hahaha

Until then

Fatma  

p.s I’m gonna leave you guys with some of the tweets I posted before and after my interview hehe

 

Short Story: Awakening

So this was a short story I’ve written for Untitled Chapters back in January of 2012 called “Awakening” . I wanted to post it here as well so that I could keep a record of everything I write.

In line of duty, sometimes we miss many things in life, however it is never too late to start a new beginning, that no matter what life throws at you there can be something that will help you to stand right up again.

 I hope you enjoy it

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Untitled Chapters First Birthday

So Last Thursday, March 21st was the Untitled Chapters 1st Birthday. After months of planning and working hard to get everything done, it finally happened.

Ever since the beginning, when I first started Untitled Chapters I’ve dreamed of this event. I dreamed of celebrating it’s one year of success and I’ve dreamed of giving the writers of Untitled Chapters the opportunity to have their work in print.

Though, I did not achieve everything that I wanted to do for the event but I can’t help but feel proud of what this little community has achieved. Never in a million years did I think it was going to blow up like it did in 2012 but I’m truly grateful that people do find benefit and a sense of belonging (their words not mine) in Untitled Chapters and that brings me close to tears.

I wanted this event to be all about the writers, to motivate them to want to write more and achieve new heights with their writing and their passion which is why I awarded the Writers of the Month with trophies, to keep them going and to encourage other writers to try to improve their writing to become better writers.

I wanted the Untitled Chapters Vol 1 was the center piece of the event because it’s one thing to have your work on a website but it is a whole different feeling to be able to hold a physical copy of your work and to be able to sign your name on other people’s copies was something that I wanted to give the writers of Untitled Chapters so that that would be able to feel what’s it like to sign books and that is a feeling that is absolutely priceless. I am pretty confident that it has motivated their passion for wanting to get published

I, of course, wanted to have this event go as smoothly as possible and decided not to sit down at the signing table, even though my work was present in the book as well but being able to unsure that everything was going smoothly for the writers was more of a priority for me than being in the spotlight.

Though I was asked to sign a few books, which was flattering

Thank you so much for everyone who attended the event. Thank you so much Untitled Chapters writers and last but certainly not least, thank you to the Untitled Chapters Team who made it all happen

Here’s to a brand new year

Yours

Fatma