- I learned you don’t have to be a great speaker to be a fantastic writer. It would help, however, if you prepared something ahead of time. When my turn comes to wow an audience with tales of my first novel, I hope I’ll have something good to say.
- Very few children’s writers are men, at least the wannabes. Yet, I found the most fascinating speakers, among lots of fascinating speakers, were Michael Grant and Richard Peck.
- Think e-readers are bad for the book business. Just wait until you’ll be able to download direct from an author for a few bucks or less. Bad for traditional publishers and bookstores. Good for writers. It’s given me a new perspective on self-publishing.
- Agent A doesn’t respond to query. Agent’s website says if you don’t hear in 8 weeks, they are passing. Cornering Agent A with your proposal (without mentioning the aforementioned submission) will result in an enthusiastic invitation for submission. They’re people, people. Not gods.
- As good as I think it is, my manuscript can be improved. New ideas began to form on my way home. I envision a grand re-write in the weeks ahead, before the next round of submissions.
- Don’t rely on the conference schedule. Ask questions ahead of time. I signed up and prepared to present a series pitch to Michael Grant, author of the GONE series. After he began today’s presentation, titled ‘Building the Series,’ I realized the actual pitch session was yesterday. Doh!
- Sometimes it pays to screw up. When I told Michael Grant how I’d gotten the schedule wrong, he not only gave me his email address, inviting me to send my pitch, he also gave me a jump drive with a few chapters of LIES, the yet to be released third novel in the GONE series. He’s a cool dude, and GONE is awesome. I’m only halfway through the first one, so I don’t want to spoil it, but he did encourage me, and a few others, to post his chapters on our websites. Look for it in the coming weeks.
In other news…
Look for my entry in Lost Wanderer’s dinner party challenge. Now that SCBWI is done, I have time to work on it. Expect it some time this week.