I’ve had a lot of 1:1s, having been to each Festival. (They just put me in a cupboard at the end of the festival and dust me down at the beginning of the next one.) And I honestly can’t generalise. The agents have been the most varied: I’ve had rude agents, ultra-supportive agents, funny agents, agents who have lost their scripts or not got it in the first place (last year) and one agent who had stepped in for an ill colleague and was up-front about not representing me because she mainly represents deceased authors (really) but who asked to see my full m/s and gave me useful feedback on it a month later. My book doctor experiences have been uniformly amazing, helpful and constructive – a big shout-out to Debi for the most organised and user-friendly notes. And I recommend anyone to try a 1:1 with an editor or commissioning editor. You’re unlikely to get a deal out of it, but you will get a strong sense of where your book fits in the market – I did. Each time i have a 1:1 now, I don’t go straight back into a talk: I collect my thoughts and write them down. It helps.