Skip to main content

Writer's Conference

Hello Everyone, I hope life is treating you well. Things are good here in my neck of the woods. The last month has been devoted to catching up on my novel. The plot is finally coming together and hopefully, the second draft will be completed by the end of October, if not sooner.

The main reason for rushing to finish my project (if two years is rushing) is I plan to attend the James River Writer Conference in Richmond, Virginia this October. While there, I will have the opportunity to pitch my novel to a literary agent. Now, I'm not expecting much my first time out of the gate, but in the infinitesimal chance she's interested, I would like to be prepared.

There are also lots of other interesting events which include:

• Pitchapalooza, offers authors the opportunity to sharpen their pitching skills with national book marketing experts David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut.
• Workshops designed to help writers compose query letters and poetry.
• One-on-one meetings with literary agents.
• Panels led by national and regional leaders in publishing.
• New sessions on using Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

For those who aren't familiar with this conference, it is a wonderful opportunity to network and learn a lot about the writing industry along the way. If any of you decide to attend, let me know and maybe we can meet in person. Hope to see you there. Until next time, happy writing.



Comments

  1. Good luck finishing your novel! :)

    It sounds like an amazing conference.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Have a great time at the conference. I come away from them exhausted but full of energy to write at the the same time.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks Golden Eagle, I'll take all the well wishes I can get.(;

    Carol, I hope the conference has a similar effect on me, (minus the exhausted part). (:

    ReplyDelete
  4. Glad to hear from you... sounds like an awesome time.

    I wish you the best of luck!

    ReplyDelete
  5. It sounds like an awesome conference! I only have one conference in my budget for this year and its already slotted for the one here in Arkansas, but next year I hope to branch out and hit more mainstream conferences like yours. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sounds like a fabulous conference! And so exciting to pitch to an agent! (Well, okay-- exciting AND nerve racking.) Have fun and good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hope you update with a report on the conference so we can live vicariously through your experiences to be ready for the time when we too go to a conference. Hope you have a great time. Richmond is a lovely city.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

ISWG Are Online Whisper Groups Bullying YA Authors Out of Publication? What's an Author to Do?

t's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this supportive group click on the host's name.

I feel very strongly about what happened to this author, and I fear it could happen to the rest of us if we don't stick together. 

Recenty, SCMP reported that after signing a seven figure book deal for the Fantasy, BLOOD HEIR, Chinese author Amelie Wen Zhao was forced to pull it from publication due to allegations of racism.  

The premise of the highly anticipated Fantasy trilogy was a retelling of Anastasia, except Zhao's adaptation used blood magic. Critics felt the story had racist undertones because of the cover blurb's description of a "World where oppression is blind to skin color and good and evil exist in shades of gray."

Many criticisms came from a whispers online group, which, from my understanding are sort of the gate-keepers to approving YA novels.  I'm sure this is…

Sometimes Life Just Gets In The Way

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're feeling down about your writing and need a supportive ear to bend, this is the group to join. For more information, click on Alex's name to be directed to the enrollment link. 

Lately, life has gotten in the way of my writing. How you ask? Well, I'm in grad school full time. Although I love learning, and academic writing gives me that opportunity, it doesn't hold a candle to the way I feel when I'm working on a fictional story. There's something exhilarating about transporting my characters into another world where anything is possible, and the rules are dictated by my imagination. It's definitely a wonderful escape from my responsibilities.
As I'm sure you've discerned, I really, really love writing fiction. Now that most of my major assignments are out of the way, I've eked out some time to work on my novel, and it's brou…

ISWG Writing Myself Into a Corner

It's time for another installment of the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by the illustrious Alex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this supportive group click on the host's name.

First and foremost, happy New Year!!!!
Now, onto the subject at hand, LOL. Currently, I'm writing a Young Adult Fantasy that transports the MC to ancient Carthage in 216 BCE.  The pacing is pretty fast throughout with a few rest spots for the readers. While I like what I've written so far, it wasn't until chapter 28 that I realized my MC hadn't spent enough time in Carthage. She walked through the city as a prisoner, was captured by the God Ba'al Hammon's guards, spent some time in the temple and was then set on her journey. While this is well and good, my heroine has to make a choice that will affect the fate of the Carthaginian people. To accomplish this, she needs to be invested in them, to care about them. Needless to say, I was pissed off that I left such an important …