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Writers conference: “Push to Publish 2013″

I attend the “Push to Publish”  writers conference.

This was my second conference for writing that I have attended.

The conference was set on the campus of Rosemont College.   This was my first time visiting this school,  and it was a lovely campus.

At the conference I was hoping to find an agent who saw the value in my project,  perhaps I did.   I won’t know until they receive my query letter and a little sample of my work.  I will either get a rejection letter or a welcome letter.

The conference was a bit of a personal disappointment as no one immediately feel in love with my work.   They loved my story but the project needs some work.   The house is built now I need rearrange the furniture.

After the conference I realized,  as a first time novelist,  it’s not about you.  It’s about getting feedback about your project.  You want your project to really stand out,  and make it the very best you can.    Everyone is here at the conference to help us achieve our goal of becoming a published author.  They are not out to get you.   They went to best for you.

I did receive some great feedback from other authors,  editors,  agents and attendees.   I did hand out a fair amount of business cards since I realize that it’s about making connections.    Many of the attendees did not have business cards,  which is too bad as I would have liked to see how some of them developed their story.

Hanging out after the event at the “happy hour”  was a great opportunity to connect with  folks.   I spent some time talking to the keynote speaker, Michael Martone.   He  offered some good advice on my project.   [...]

By |October 13th, 2013|Writing|0 Comments|

Philadelphia Writers Conference

Yesterday,  I went to my first writers conference. (Conversations and Connections hosted by Barrelhouse)

The day started off great,  I took the train to center city.   When getting off the train,  I went looking for an exit because it was an unfamiliar stop.   When walking around there was a homeless man standing in front of a Dunkin Donuts.    He was asking for money for breakfast.     I said,  ”Sure,  I can help.  ”  Then proceeded to talk to him and gave him $5 dollars then we parted ways.  I was heading for the exist and this new friend went into the store.   Folks often think that the homeless are trying to get money for other things then basic needs,  I haven’t found this to be true.  They merely want what we all long for, respect and compassion.

The conference was at the University of the Arts on Broad St.

There was a good crowd with  over 100 folks.    Throughout the day I went to a few panel sessions;  Agents,  Writing about Difficult Subjects,  and Submitting to Editors.

Over lunch there was a Speed Dating with Editors,  this is where you get 10 minutes to show your work to someone in the business of writing.    You cannot choose who you sit in front of,  they randomly place you with someone in your genre of writing.      I was non-fiction,  so little did I know at the time that I was just placed in front of the editors of Story Quarterly.   Three folks led by Paul Lisicky.   I showed them a bit of the first chapter of “I don’t dwell”   They loved the project and gave a lot of [...]

By |September 29th, 2013|Writing|0 Comments|