Have you ever walked through an open door into a crowded room and wondered why you are there? That was the thought running through my head this past weekend as I ventured into a college center to find skinny folding chairs lined up in rows, inviting me to rub shoulders with strangers. It was the LA Writers Conference 2015 sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association and Mount Saint Mary’s University. I was at my first writer’s conference posing as a writer.
I was trying on my new writer’s hat. After being a mother, a volunteer, and once a lawyer, I was assuming a new persona. My new business cards said “Rosa Kwon Easton, Author.” I just finished writing my first book, and I wanted to to test the message in my book with potential readers, agents and publishers. I hoped people at the conference would like my book, but I wasn’t sure.
The first session of the day was a Boot Camp Pitch Class, presented by a professional branding specialist who helps you market your book and get it sold. The word “pitch” is used in the industry as the introduction you give to an agent who might want to represent you to a publishing company.
With my heart beating against my chest, I raised my hand limply when the branding specialist asked for a volunteer to pitch.
I stood across from her and said in a monotone voice: “My book is called Echoes Across Time, and it’s about…three generations of a Korean family, uh, my family,