Back in January I declared 2013 to be "The Year I Put Myself Out There." Meaning that after spending the last 2 years focusing on building knowledge of the field and honing my craft, I would start to seek representation in 2013. It is time to show people what I got.
As part of this personal goal, I am getting incredibly excited about attending both the New Jersey SCBWI conference in June and the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA in August.
Nothing beats getting to hang with my Tribe for the weekend, but it won't be all fun and games. I am planning on using conference time to make connections, especially with agents. Therefore, I need to be very strategic in my planning.
For both conferences I intend to participate in One-on-One Manuscript Critiques with agents, editors and authors. But here's my dilemma, I don't know what pieces to submit for critique.
Maybe you can help.
I have 3 manuscripts to consider:
MS #1 ~ This is a manuscript that is submission-ready AND has gotten the attention of agents in the past. In fact, this manuscript is currently being considered by an agent. So, I am not truly looking for critique on it, but would it be beneficial to submit it for one-on-one thinking that someone else might fall in love with it? Or is that not the purpose of these meetings?
MS #2 ~ This manuscript is very close to being submission-ready. I think it still needs some tweaking, but its almost there.
MS #3 ~ This is my problem manuscript. I have gotten so many compliments on the premise and the beginning, but the climax and resolution are really giving me difficulty.
What would you suggest?
Which manuscript would you show to an agent? To an editor? To an author? What is the best foot to put forward?