Linda Maye Adams

Cowbells at the writer’s conference

A hotel conference room with tables and people

This is what a pitch session looks like


I went to the Books Alive! In Bethesda, MD, this weekend (formerly, the American Independent Writers Conference).  In this case, I wasn’t attending the conference, but running the agent pitch session all day.  This is what the pitch session looked like:

I run it like a drill sergeant (though I was never one in the army).  We stay on time.  Period.  The authors had eight minutes, and I called a two minute warning for the agents, and then time.   One of the volunteers brought a cow bell I could ring when time was up.  Sometimes I said “Moo” to the agents (yes, I really did).

To prove it, here’s the photo …

Me with the cowbell



In keeping with cows, I had my Moo cards with me, in my Arc planner.  I just had the planner open on the table with all the pretty colors on the cards (did you expect anything else).  That caught the eye of two agents, and they’d never even heard of Moo cards.  So I was happily giving away cards as examples.  Never know …

Emory Hackman, me, and Mike Causey

Pitch session volunteers Emory Hackman and me with Mike Causey




  1. LOL Ok, so I have to ask, what are “moo cards?”


    • Customizable cards. You can print business cards in many different colors or change what you have on each card. I mentioned to one of the agents that she could have a different book cover on each card. Here’s the link:


      • Ah. I’ll have to check those out. I usually get mine from because they’re cheap. LOL


  2. Sounds like you had fun. The moo cards sound like fun, too. I’ll check that out.


    • Yeah — I’ve been leaving them on the flyer table at cons. People are definitely picking them up.



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