Why am I stressed? Oh, no reason.
I'M JUST PITCHING THIS WEEKEND AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING!
But no real reason.
Seriously, though. The pitching process terrifies me. I've actually never done a pitch face to face with anyone before. It's so much easier sending an email or package or submission form to some faceless entity. Actually trying to sell my book to a person, while look at that person, brings on the nervous sweats.
I'm not that good around strangers.
It's different if I know you and am comfortable around you. I'm my goofy self. Around strangers, I seize. My tongue gets heavy, my heart stutters and my brain gets fuzzy. I freak out, essentially.
But, if publishing were easy, everyone would do it.
While I'm freaking out, this is also a huge opportunity for me to grow (a pair). This is an opportunity to prove myself that I CAN do this.
I might crash and burn, but even then, it will be a learning experience. One day, I will master the pitch, and it will be one more tool in my belt on this quest to support myself with my writing.
And on that note, I have to go back to researching the perfect pitch.