I attended the DFW Writers' Conference over the weekend. There are so many things I learned and so much I want to pass on I will have to do it over several blogposts...but for now, I'll give you the highlights of my weekend. Over the next few weeks, I'll take a little more serious look at what it was really like.
Met some VIPs first thing.
Made it to the conference center.
I went to a few classes.
I did get to talk with Jessica Sinsheimer, who proved as gracious as she'd behaved earlier in the day when I stuck my foot in it. Although, I didn't pitch Jessica because she has the FULL for my first book.
Margaret Bail also chatted with me, so I didn't feel so alone. Thank you, Margaret. I also had a chance to visit with Sarah Negovetich, who is quite funny. She doesn't rep NA, so, nope, didn't pitch my MS to her either.
Basically, the mixer was a bust for me getting any requests for SECRETS I KEEP, but it was still fun and I am glad I went.
I was determined to do my best to get at least ONE MORE request.
I started the day by taking another class led by Donald Maass. It was all about adding micro-tension to your book to keep the reader turning the pages. By the end of the class I was running out to the Barnes and Noble table to purchase Don's book, The Fire in Fiction.
|Trying to contain my excitement to chat with Candace.|
Then, at the first opportunity, I tried to get her attention.
But I did manage to wait until she walked away before doing this: