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

 

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4 thoughts on “Aftermath: Pitching Moonlight to a Literary Agent

  1. writergrlrox says:

    Oh WOW! I can’t believe how much I’ve missed out on (I don’t really check twitter as often as I should) That sounds sooooo cooooool! So proud of you ❤

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