Wow! What a whirlwind weekend at the Writer's League of Texas! I am exhausted and so excited about all the buzz surrounding my book and the energetic, friendly writers I met while at the conference. First, THANK YOU to the board and volunteers of the WLT. You put on a fantastic Agents & Editors Conference in Austin the past three days. The agents and editors were accessible and so, so friendly!
As many of you remember, I was totally freaked out about the possibility of meeting agents that I begged for advice! Many of you, my dedicated blog readers, gave such great advice! All of which I followed to a tee. Well, I have to say that the agents and editors in attendance were AWESOME! As I pitched my manuscript to them, they listened intently, asked great questions about my characters and plot, and were as excited as I was about my manuscript. Although my manuscript is an angel book, all of them told me the book premise sounded fresh and new, with great parallels and marketing strategy. I have three requests for materials from three fantastic agents!
At the beginning of June, I submitted my first pages for an editor's consultation. I was itching for feedback on this fourth draft of my beginning (and that means I had completely rewritten my beginning 4 times, not just revised!). The editor said it was very promising, loved my characterization and voice right away! She has requested the manuscript! YAY! I think what I was excited about the most was it seemed that this new beginning was spot on! Whew! I'm glad because I liked it, too! It's fun and light-hearted as the reader learns about the main protagonist and her best friend. Also, I'm excited that the editor and I talked so excitedly about the characters and what would happen to them throughout the book! I would LOVE to work with her!
So, who knows what will come about from these great contacts in the weeks ahead! But what I do know is it was well worth the money to go and meet some fabulous people in the industry! Everyone should try to get to a conference!!
The last thing I want to mention is the fabulous writers I've met! Some have novels complete, some are just starting out with their manuscripts. Everyone was so nice and excouraging to me, and I just have to say thanks to them. Email me everyone so we can stay in contact! Big Shout outs to Joanna, Darlene, Michael, Jourden, Howard, Tiffany, Melissa, Liz, Ernie, and Christopher!
I will be posting many blogs in the coming weekends from the notes I took at the various panels. Thanks for reading and leave me a comment!!