Friday, April 24, 2009

Ranting from the Rockies

I'm finally here. It seems like I've been waiting for this conference for eons. It's only been a couple months, but remember that feeling you had as a kid when you were counting the days until xmas morning? Yeah, it's kind of like that.

Yesterday I attended the extra add on session and learned about plotting, arcs, and other useful information. Luckily--even though I had no idea I was doing it--my novel has the elements it needs (Though that's just my opinion and it's all subjective.)

Today is kick off day. I've already seen an editor hanging out in the lobby. Nathan Bransford was standing ten feet away from me a few moments ago. I sighed as I thought, "poor Nathan, it's his last moments of peace before he is bombarded with introductions and pitches for the next few days." I'd buy him a bourbon in preperation, but it's not even 9am yet and it's probably better if he's clear headed for the critique sessions.

They had to actually tell attendees NOT to corner agents so they can't escape from you. NOT to slip your manuscript under a bathroom stall because an agent is in there and you think they need something to read. Oi vey! The sad part is, because they had to mention it, that means people have actually comitted these crimes.

I can't be that girl. I don't have it in me. If I happen to end up in a conversation with one of the agents then yay. Thank you kismet. But until a happenstance occurs where a NATURAL interaction takes place, I will be the "girl in the hat" quietly respecting the agents, editors, and publishers. Watching from afar, taking it all in, and learning as much as I can.


  1. I was so excited to see that you had time to send out a quick update. I'm expecting a full run down of notes and details that you learned.
    Plus, any embarrassing information we can use to bribe our way to getting an agent is always appreciated! :)

  2. All I can say is - Good Luck! Hope it will happen, you desrve it x

  3. I can't wait to hear all about it...I'm already excited for the outcome from a only few paragraphs of details!!!

  4. I've learned the same thing you're talking about from my visits to Miami for winter music conference. Though sometimes it is difficult to have the restraint it takes to not bombard someone you've just met with your ideas and plans. It is much better, if you have the opportunity, to just say hi, introduce yourself and make a friend, rather than make it painfully obvious your only M.O. is to get something from them.


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