I remembered two more highlights I wanted to share from my last writers conference!
One of the highlights happened the first morning of the LDStorymakers Conference, when I ran into these ladies from the NW Retreat. We sat at a table together and pulled out our schedules to compare what classes we wanted to attend. One of the women mentioned she had a pitching session with an agent and we wished her luck.
That’s when Liz Adair (the woman above who’s holding the sign) surprised the socks off of me. She has published numerous novels and was one of the judges at the NW Retreat where I placed 2nd with my Flash Fiction story. She was also one of my cabin-mates and a completely fabulous person.
She turned to me and asked, “Do you have a pitching session?”
“No.” I shook my head. “I don’t have anything finished.”
Without blinking an eye, she shrugged. “So? You’ve got talent. You should pitch to an agent.”
I stared at her. Could you even do that? I’d never heard of such a thing.
“Thank you,” I finally responded, a bit dazed.
“It’s true,” she continued. “If you don’t see an agent this year, then see one next year.”
We all went back to our schedules, but the conversation replayed in my mind and a little warm fuzzy unfurled inside of me. She thinks I’ve got talent and I should talk to an agent!
It wasn’t what I expected to hear at all and it totally made my day. Thank you, Liz! If I ever get the guts to pitch to an agent, I’ll be thinking of you.
p.s. Five more days to enter the Show The Love contest for the Midwest Conference to win a first chapter critique. Good luck!