Lea Schizas, the Muse Conference Creator, informed me via email of my time slot to pitch. I was watching the conversations flow in Chat Room 2, waiting my turn. The moderator announced I would be number two in the Pitch Room, a totally separate chat room.
The previous pitch session with another agent was still going on and I had like 5 minutes before mine started. Then I noticed not much was being said, no one was adding to the conversation scroll. So I wrote something on the chat board. No response. I clicked over to read my email - it says NO CONNECTION. Oh Crap-ola!
I closed the internet and went back in. NO CONNECTION. LOL! Talk about panic! Well hell, you know the feeling. I ran out to the garage where our wireless router and modem is and saw the modem was down. While I have the landline phone up to my ear calling the cable company (so NOT a good time for an outage right then), I'm disconnecting cables and wires and re-connecting as fast as I can.
The lights come on s-l-o-w-l-y as full connection is resumed. AHHH!!!
I run back into the house, opened the internet, zoomed as fast as my connection would allow back to Chat Room 2. And, I think I've forgot to mention - I had to pee so bad!
As soon as I got in and told the moderator what happened, she said, "Just in time. You're up next." Oh Man! Hands shook, heart's pounding, I'm wiggling in my chair 'cause I gotta go... Then I get the bold letters, all in caps: GO.
First you have to log out of Chat Room 2, then log into the Pitch Room with your password. My hands were shaking so bad, I could hardly type the letters in. Did I mention I had to PEE??
I pitched my MS online while standing up at my desk, praying the connection would stay. The publisher's rep starts asking me what my plan is to market my book. Huh?
Well it's a good thing I just read some marketing stuff from a Muse class that very day, because I would have said zero.
Pee is now slugging my bladder to get out, yelling at me to hurry, hurry, hurry!
As soon as I was asked to send the full, I beat it out of the Panic Room as fast as politely possible. Logged out of the Pitch Room, logged into Chat Room 2, and told everyone else in line for their pitch what my results were.
Then I posted that I wanted my transcript, if available. When I was told to wait on Lea, I started cramping. I HAD TO PEE!! Didn't the moderator understand that? To make sure she did, I posted just that. Now the whole chat room knew, not that I cared at the moment.
And then the Rep I pitched to (who turned out to be the owner of the publishing company) came into Chat Room 2. Now I had to stay and make nice-nice with her! Which wasn't hard since she was a very nice lady to begin with.
Finally receiving my transcript answer, I announced a good luck to all, thanked Betty the publisher for her time, the moderator for her great work, and left Chat Room 2.
My groan of pleasure in the bathroom was probably heard all over my side of town.
If you have a good pitch story to tell, comment and leave it. I'd love to hear all about it.