|Doesn't this look like thousands of people?
There are multiple workshop offerings each hour, so what I'm going to describe is just a small sample of what was going on Saturday.
First off, I'm not a fan of speeches or of getting on the road early, so I didn't try to arrive in time for the 8:45 AM keynote address. That meant I didn't have to leave my house until 8:15. Careful planning, people, is essential for conference goers.
|Beautiful throwaway items?
|Yes, this picture is crooked. It's not you.
My first workshop at 9:45 was Reinventing your Query Letter with Kristine Carlson Asselin and agent Kathleen Rushall I noticed while I was writing this post that the workshop leaders worked the conference theme, The Power of (Re)Invention, into their title. Very clever. I took this workshop even though I've written hundreds of query letters over the years, a number of which got responses. But, remember, I've got that mind of the beginner thing going. I always assume there's more I can learn. I did come away with some information.
|Help! Help me! I have to write a synopsis!
I came away with an idea I'm going to try.
|No, they are not four random women.
|Don't know what was with the scary dog.
Patrick Carman, author of Skeleton Creek, among other best-sellers, was the lunch keynote speaker. Extremely entertaining, and did a well-done talk on what might be called the karmic pattern that led him to become a successful writer and to that ballroom on Saturday. Personally, I think the story about his father was highly significant.
|She owns the mystery.
|"Characters should be people"... like Soylent Green?
What Happened In The Parking Garage: I had some trouble getting out of the parking garage because of some kind of problem with the parking validation. The parking attendant asked me, "Are you with the book people?" Sunday I thought, She could tell. She could tell I was with the book people.