|Photographic evidence in 2010.|
It's in that envelope because I was
so shocked I forgot to take the
award out to display.
|Hiding behind Jill's computer, because|
why not? Hmm, someone colored
her hair. Long story behind that.
3) That pitching business. 2010 was the first time we offered pitches, but I didn't because the lady taking them ran a Christian magazine or something. Um...my books are little bit too racy to make up a Christian anything and they're choked full of fantasy stuff, so I stayed in my seat that year. But in 2011, we had a book editor and a book agent. 'Member, I'd shoved C&C into the dark recesses of my flash drive, so the best I had to offer was THL, which I just knew was the One True Book, the book above all others, the magic carpet ride to success. Unfortunately, I'm a writer, not a pitcher, Jim, so all my crazy attempts to write and present a pitch were about as successful as a whale riding a bicycle. I had a lot of help with both. And I stuttered my way through three sentences (even with notecards, c'mon, Allison!) before the agent gave up on me and said, okay, just send the first three chapters. Long story short, I took a different kind of chance later on, some things moved into place, and again, THL is published under my name, yay! But pitching was a great experience even though I really messed it up. At least I did it, right? Agents put their pants on one leg at a time, just like us. Unless they're wearing a skirt, in which case, they can probably just slip it over both legs while sitting down, or a dress which can come over the head, but anyway, experience is important. That's what I'm trying to say here. They want to hear about your book. That's why they're there.
|I'm that blonde one on the left sort of in the back,|
No, no, beside the one beside the one in the black.
5) Back to that contest thing. Yes, again. Bear with me. I headed up the contest last year, which had a shit ton of entries (don't ask for literal measurements on a shit ton, I haven't quite figured it out yet). And our judges were really good about providing feedback. You're a writer. You need feedback. It's there to help you, or for you to ignore. Please don't rail at us though, if it's not to your liking. Also, you have to agree not to hold it against us--it's in the fine print when you enter the contest. But I certainly got some feedback that was helpful when I entered the contest and what do you know, I have books on shelves. That deadline is close, and I really feel like it could be you who's proudly beaming at that podium this year. Or I could give you some awesome suggestions or encouraging words about your writing, because I volunteered to judge.
Writing conferences, contests, and pitching are all about putting your foot forward and moving your writing career along. If I didn't have the opportunity to attend, I'm not sure where I'd be in my writing career. I know I probably wouldn't blog as often, because I learned about how important that is at--you guessed it--ORACon in 2011. Agents and publishers want you to get in on social media because the readers want to get to know. Learned that at ORACon.
Clear your schedule, come visit, learn, and holy shit, I can't wait to meet you. I'll be the introvert writer who's too scared to talk to you unless you talk to me first, but I promise not to bite. I'll have a name tag. You can find me.