We arrived on Friday with great excitement and hungry for the experience of our first conference. We didn't know what to expect and our "best case" scenario was that we would get good feedback from the agents that were reviewing our work. Let's just say that it FAR EXCEEDED our expectations! Most of the time I think we both felt as if we were floating around (on cloud 9...oops I used a cliché!) We were affirmed and encouraged to the point that we kept waiting for someone to say, "Oh, we were just kidding!" But that NEVER HAPPENED! What did happen was a weekend full of what we LOVE to do and great people that turned our burning passion into a roaring bonfire! We CANNOT WAIT to get started on making our finished first draft the best that it can be. So you locals out there, when you see us at CP with our noses in our computers, if we don't look up and say "Hi," it isn't you, we are just hard at work and on a deadline and only have so much time away from the kids!
If you have an interest in what a writers' conference looks like, here's a snapshot of our weekend:
ONE "Conference Choice Award" (see above)
TWO networking mixers (we met so many great writers, agents and editors!)
THREE "Ask the Agent" panels (i.e., the pages of notes...)
FOUR advanced reading appointments with literary agents (pure gold people!)
FIVE workshops on writerly topics (again with the notes...fingers cramping and all)
SIX "New Adult" genre writer friends that we met (forming a new writing group as we write this!)
SEVEN hours of sleep (each night) in a fabulous house with gorgeous views, water and chocolate placed lovingly by our beds, and TIME to discuss our day without interruption
EIGHT outfits each, just to cover all our bases
NINE dollars for each "Happy Hour" cocktail...we sipped them slowly as we networked
TEN is the rating we give this FABULOUS conference!
We will see you again SDSUWC and we can't wait!