Well, I’m home from the writers’ conference in Woodbridge today, and I have to say it was pretty good. I was in a number of sessions, and got two requests for my manuscript from agents so that’s a good use of a day.
But even better was hanging out with a whole bunch of other writers. Some of them are published authors (including USA Today and NY Times best-selling authors) and some are like me with a book or three in the can and looking for someone to work with to sell the dang thing.
Also cool was listening to Keynote speaker Larissa Ione who is an Air Force veteran Katrina-surviving Wisconsin-living meteorologist mother and Coast Guard wife who writes NY Times best-selling paranormal romances. I was lucky enough to volunteer to pick her up at Newark Liberty Airport (not lucky about the airport, but to pick her up) and take her to the hotel last night, and she’s a pleasure to talk with and listen to.
It’s impressive to see a volunteer-led organization like Liberty States Fiction Writers put on a conference like this, with no paid staff and just folks pitching in to make it happen. Somehow things look better after seeing how much all these folks care about their writing, about other people’s writing, and about the business of publishing.
And here are a couple pics of some of the people out in the hallway. It’s the only pictures I took, since I was doing stuff most of the time.