Last Saturday, I attended my very first writing conference. It was exciting and terrifying. My friend Jeff asked me what a group of romance writers looks like… well, like this (see above). That was dinner at Flame with the authors: Jennifer Brown and Rob Thurman and the agents, Cori Deyoe and Lucienne Diver (also an author). All the rest of those gals (and one guy) are romance authors in various stages of success and subgenres.
Before dinner, Ozarks Romance Authors hosted a book signing at Barnes & Noble. We had a good turnout and I met some very cool ladies. My goal for the evening was to NOT be obnoxious. Hopefully, I accomplished that.
The next morning, we all met bright and way too early (8 am) at the Howard Johnson Convention Hall in Springfield for a light breakfast and the beginning of our day. I sold raffle tickets for the table full of fabulous prizes, and we all sat down for a brief welcome before the workshops and pitches began.
My pitch was at 9 am so I didn’t have to sweat it all morning. It went well and the agent asked to see my first 30 pages and a synopsis.The other agent requested to see it too, and I didn’t even pitch to her! I was just making conversation with her at the book signing. She is awesome! Success!
After that the rest of the day was a blur. All I could think about was I didn’t HAVE a synopsis…yet. So all this week I’ve been thinking about (and mostly avoiding) writing one. It’s pretty much the most difficult part of the entire project for me so far. I did a brief chapter-by-chapter, hit-the-high-points, play-by-play, but I’ve got to get that into a smoother narrative form.
I did get to enjoy several of the workshops during the day, and we had a fantastic lunch. By the time I got home that night, I was emotionally and physically exhausted. I was determined to make the most out of every opportunity that came my way, and that is exactly what I did. I am very excited that the RT Booklovers Convention is in Kansas City this May. It’s five days. I don’t know how I’ll survive it! But you can bet, I’m going to try.
My goal is to send my partial manuscript and synopsis out to both agents next Friday, July 6. Then it will be at least a couple of months before I get my rejection letter. I fully expect that. No, I’m not being pessimistic, just realistic. If that happens, I have a plan to move forward. If not, well, holy cow. Who knows what will happen after that?
Bryon goes on vacation July 13-21 and Grace goes to Nana’s. I am taking a whole week of vacation time off to stay home and read, write and relax. I’m going to begin book two, Reap & Redeem and not worry about any more edits until/if either agent wants to see the rest of the manuscript.
Keep your fingers crossed for me.