Saturday, January 13, 2007

A Day of RWA

Had to get up at the crack of dawn today to get to the RWA meeting across town in time for the early morning presentation. It was all about finding an agent, and I came away with a handout full of questions, offered up by pubbed authors, on what to ask a prospective agent. The chapter is bringing in two literary agents for the February meeting, and members are getting the chance to pitch. If I do it, it'll be my first time, and I'll probably spend countless minutes (hours) figuring out exactly what to say and then stumble over it when the time comes. But despite that six-seven minutes of excrutiating awkwardness/nervousness/weirdness, it'll be a good experience. I just know it.

The second presentation was by Deanne Gist, who is a chapter member. Her debut, A Bride Most Begrudging has done extraordinarily well, and it seems she's somewhat of a darling with her publisher, Bethany House. She had the most unique, interesting, fascinating presentation on how a book goes from a manuscript to a bound, printed book...complete with plenty of visual aids. It was great.

Now I have a headache and will shortly be falling onto my bed. A nap is very possible.


Kelley said...

Wow. That will be a great opportunity.

Trish Ryan said...

Ooo that sounds great...worth getting up for. Now go take a nap so your brain can digest :)

Katkat said...

Sounds really interesting. I worked at Random house and the had seminars alot. I really enjoyed learning about how a book becomes a book.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Hey Katkat,
What did you do at Random House?

And I must say, the speech was really interesting.