Sunday, April 25, 2010
What could be better than a mob of writers crammed into a hotel and eating box lunches? Ok, I could think of several things...but the point is it's sort of a beautiful thing. I spent the weekend at a writing conference in the Marriott Hotel, surrounded by writers of all types and fonts, from the frumpy to the fabulous and I was among friends.
Only writers can be on the same page as other writers. We gathered to learn about our craft, network and encourage each other in the singular suffering and ecstasy that is writing.
While there I pitched to the agent of my dreams. Her name is Laura Rennert, senior agent of the Andrea Brown Literary agency. She's a Bay Area girl herself and has helped to bring about some pretty impressive and powerful books. My pitch was sloppy-- I had not come prepared to do a pitch because her sessions were full. It was a lucky fluke--or blessing from heaven--that I was able to slip in and talk with her at all. She was gracious and polite about my inept and unpolished attempt and I was put at ease by her calm, warm manner. In the end she politely said she liked the idea of my story--it caught her interst enough that she requested my first four chapters!It was among other things...overwhelming.Now the real work begins!
What ever happened to writing just for the joy of it? Oh, that died when I finished my novel and began my quest for publication. Deep breath. I signed up for this and will see it through. Right? Write?
So the conference, although lacking in some ways (several of the classes were agonizingly crummy) has paid off. By the end I was a sad sack of information in dread of the coming storm of work,but I did get a lot out of it!
The best thing about it was spending time with my writing group buddies (Maple Mountain Writer's Guild soon to have a website which I shall post here in the future.)
A shout out to all of my very talented and exraordinary writing friends! And an appeal to all of you for any positive vibes to be sent my way as I navigate the slippery slopes toward publication.