|Speed Dating for an Agent
||[Mar. 27th, 2007|08:55 pm]
I just got a query for writer information about the Speed Dating event via the email address set up in association with the SFWA website. I answered the question but I thought it might be worthwhile to post the basic information on the LiveJournal for 2007Nebs.|
The Nebula Award events will be taking place on May 11-13 in New York at the Marriott in the Financial Center, 85 West Street. For further information, you can check the website at: http://sfwa.org/awards/2007/
We expect a lot of newer and, so far, un-agented writers to be attending the events and we thought it might be useful for all concerned to give them an organized opportunity to meet some agents. We came up with the idea of Speed Dating for an Agent, which would give everybody a chance to get (briefly) acquainted, exchange useful information and sound out the possibilities of doing business together.
Our plan is to allocate two hours on Friday, May 11 (3-5pm) and put a bunch of writers and agents together in a room with some tables and chairs, some drinks, a referee or two, and some ground rules.
We're hoping to get 20 agents to volunteer their time in the hopes of finding some interesting new clients to represent. We're allowing for a maximum of 40 writers to sign up to meet agents and we're planning 10 minute meetings back-to-back throughout the two hour period. That would mean each agent would meet a maximum of 12 writers and each writer would meet a maximum of six agents.
We're asking each writer to pay a small fee to cover organizational costs and to provide the agents with some small reward for their generosity and patience in the form of some free drink chits. We're also asking each agent to provide a brief summary of their particular interest in terms of genre specializations and so on which we'll pass along to the writers to help them make selections that will best serve their interests and needs.
Once the lists of agents and writers are filled, we'll circulate the list of agents along with their personal summaries and ask the writers to submit a numbered list of the agents they'd like to meet. Then, we'll assign appointments with the agents to the writers in order of their preferences matched against the availability of the agents.
If you've got specific questions, you can reach me via email@example.com