Thursday, April 3, 2008

Debriefing

Well, the conference was terrific. Loads of invaluable info and experience. I met such nice folks, too. I love small conferences for that reason - you get to meet the agents and editors and see them in different settings - at a dinner, teaching a workshop, taking appointments, etc. Suzanne Brockmann, the keynote speaker, was fabulous. I also had an opportunity to chat with an editor from a huge publishing company, and a top - and I mean top - agent (who was the sweetest person!) The book signing was fun - I sold some books, bought some books and talked to some great folks in the process. I came home with a huge Bag O Books, as if the TBR pile could be any higher! But I dived right into one - How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, by Simone Elkeles, who I sat next to at the signing. Terrific book - just finished it. Now, I'm on the first chapter of Deidre Knight's Parallel Attraction, which already has me hooked.
It's a wonderful thing to be surrounded by writers talking about writing. Today the buzz finally wore off when I had to get a cortisone shot in my heel - ouchie! Off my feet for the night with an ice pack.
So what about you? Do you enjoy conferences? Which are your favorites?

7 comments:

Terry Odell said...

I enjoyed the conference, too. I like small over large, but will still go to the biggie for the wider networking and more presentation possibilities.

Next up for me is Pike's Peak Writer's Conference in Colorado Springs (which just happens to be where 2 of my kids and my new grandson live). It's a 'general' conference, not specialized in romance.

Another favorite for me is SleuthFest -- it maxes out around 300 people, I think, which is big enough to draw in some major players in the mystery field.

I think conferences make me feel like a 'real' writer instead of someone sitting home and making up stories.

Katie Reus said...

I've never been to one (yet) but when I finally make it I think I'll try a small one first. :)

Dara Edmondson said...

That'll be fun, Terry - with the added benefit of some family time.

Katie - I highly recommend a small conference first - one to warm up for RT 2009;-)

Macy O'Neal said...

I really have to go to a small one. This year I'm going back to Nationals -- my little vacation and recharge time with some cross-country writing friends.

Chudney Defreitas-Thomas said...

Southern lights was my first ever, so I'm hoping to attend Moonlight and Magnolia's in Ga.

Julia Smith said...

I've never been to one - big or small. Someday!

Nancy said...

I’m so glad you had a good time, Dara! I love to go to conferences, especially since the nature of writing is so solitary. I usually go to RWA’s national conference, and, depending on my deadlines, try to take in at least one smaller, more intimate conference or retreat. Don’t you wish you could bottle that post conference buzz and take it out when you really need a lift?