BEA was great for me this year.
I was able to attend the Writer's Conference for the first time.
Karin Slaughter was very funny. The talk she gave was informative and inspirational. It was exciting to listen to someone who has experienced the success she has. Receiving an autographed copy of her book was a special moment for me. I thought I was past the crazy fan stage but was proved wrong.
As I went into other workshops, my level of enthusiasm was high. The character workshop really helped me. My husband felt it was important for me to learn about writing great characters. In his mind this is what makes books memorable. This workshop taught me a lot and reinforced my husband's thoughts.
The next workshop I attended was bad. For the sake of the speaker I will not mention it. It felt more like a constant push of the book and not a teaching seminar for the writers in attendance.
As other people decided to leave, my manners were pushed to the limit as I stayed instead of leaving.
The lunch was okay. I was able to sit next to one of the few people that I made a real connection with. We had fun reviewing the various workshops we attended. The speech was funny. Again, this was unexpected. I began to worry that in order to be successful in this world, I would have to be funny. No one that has ever met me has accused me of having this trait.
The final workshop was good. I learned a lot about pitching to the agents. Hopefully I would get at least one card. One person interested in my work. After listening to the other people going over their pitches, I realized how unprepared I was.
Time for the pitch slam. This was extremely hard. The agents were honest and nice. They gave me wonderful constructive feedback. As I adapted my pitch over the course of the afternoon, an agent finally showed interest. Success!
I learned a lot there. I realized that there are many others out there further along in their journey. This makes me nervous. What if the timing is not right? What if my pitches were premature? How to get past the anxiety and insecurity to the next step?
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