We've been toying around with what to do or how to do it and were thinking we'd see what other people thought.
I think the trouble with a pitch is ... it's all very well to come up with an idea. It's all very well to come up with an idea that I might be interested in as an editor, publisher or reader. But you could go away and write 20 000 or 40 000 words and submit it and still get a rejection. So I guess, for me, I'm not sure that it would be that useful an expense of time for me to sit there and writers to pitch me what they might think about writing.
We could ask for a chapter or three to be submitted ahead of time that I could read. That would help with the "but can you write it" question. But would that be a useful expense of time?
I could talk about the project, what I am looking for, the sorts of manuscripts that have been submitted so far and the reasons why I bought one and rejected others? I'd talk in general terms and not specifics. Would anyone be interested in participating in something like this? Calli and I are thinking then it could involve couches and coffee and whathaveyou.