This last weekend I was at a writer's conference. It was fun. I took a bunch of pitches, did a panel on publishing, and then a group sessions with a bunch of writers where the audience could ask anything they wanted.
For the most part, the writers were very well behaved. I took pitches throughout the conference and most people kept their pitches to under five minutes. But then there is always that one guy. That one person who tries to monopolize your time, doesn't take the hint to stop, even when it's coming from the conference folk. I'm glad I asked for a timekeeper, and I had been forewarned about this guy so the timekeeper knew to run interference. What I don't understand though, is when you tell an author you can't help him or her, is why they don't hear that. They continue to pitch you as though their project is so special that you will change genres just for them. UGH.
Don't be that guy. Please. You will be doing both of us a favor.
But again, I want to state, the conference was quite enjoyable and I heard some very good pitches. Just the way it should be. :)