If you are attending the conference and haven't heard yet who and when you are pitching to an agent, please email Audrey or Jo and tell them who you want to pitch to. There seems to have been a bit of a glitch somewhere with the flow of this information.
Congratulations to Donald Riggio on a successful trip to New York and the sale of 80 books at a rock and roll show!
Congratulations to Howie Erickson on his short story being ready for publication!
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:
Mountain Crest Park is the same place they left last year, at 4701 Durango, Las Vegas 89129. It's the corner of Durango and Lone Mountain. It's a potluck, so bring something tasty.
Please RSVP Kevin at kparsons901 (at) aol (dot) com"
The Writer's Sidekick Critique Group
Starts April 27th, 2013
at Typsy Coffee
6496 Medical Center Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89148
1:30 to 3:30 pm
To sign-up go to www.writerssidekick.com/WS_Critique_Group.html
ARTICLE from Amanda Skenandore:
1. Light coat or jacket – When the temperature cranks up in Las Vegas, so to do the air conditioners. To keep your attention focused on writing and your teeth from rattling, bring a sweatshirt or jacket to throw on when needed.
2. Business Cards – Most agents and editors aren’t interested in your business card. But having them on hand doesn’t hurt. To help them remember you from the dozens of other authors they’re likely to meet, put your picture on the card and/or print the log line of your book on the back. Business cards are also a nice way to exchange information with other conference attendees.
3. Bio & Synopsis – Some agents and publishers are happy to accept your one page bio and synopsis. Others will act like you’ve handed them a blanket infected with small pox. Again, doesn’t hurt to try. At the very least, it demonstrates you’re prepared, organized, and professional.
4. Pens – Writing utensils will be available in the classrooms should your ink dry up or your neighbor confuse your pen for their own. But to avoid being caught empty-handed in one of those ah-ha moments, always carry a spare.
5. Watch – Go through the conference program and plan out which sessions you want to attend. Arrive on time (hence the watch) so you don’t miss any valuable information. You’ll also want know when it’s time to slip out for your pitch sessions.
6. Research – Before you arrive, be sure to research the conference faculty. Pitching to an agent? Visit their website and blog in advance. There you can find clues about their writing likes and dislikes and even points of common interest. Maybe scratch out a few notes to look over once you arrive so they’re fresh in your mind. Also look into the speakers—the nature of their work (are they an editor, a screenwriter, a marketing guru?) will inform the content of their class, even it that topic is general. Know in advance whom you want to meet or hear speak and highlight your program accordingly.
7. First Page – The First Page Read is one of the high points of the conference. For $5 you can enter the first page of your manuscript into a drawing to be read aloud by a panel of agents and editors. They stop reading once they all have lost interest and then why. Critique like this invaluable! Plus, it gives you a chance to stand out among the dozens of other writers clamoring for their attention.
8. Spending money – Almost everything is included in the admission fee, which makes the Las Vegas Writer’s conference one of the best values around. But whether you fall in love with a raffle item, want to submit more than one copy of your first page into the drawing, or bump into the agent of your dreams at the bar and want to buy them a drink, a little spending money will come in handy.
9. Positive Attitude – Improving your craft and meeting others striving to do the same—that’s what the conference is really about. Your pitch may flop, your first page read may fail to impress, but you’ll still take away a ton. Sit with new people at lunch, ask questions during the sessions, and keep your chin up.
Look at the previous post and scroll down if you'd like to see it. The writer's conference is this Thursday through Saturday. Our next weekly meeting is next Monday at the Lutheran Church on Tropicana. Westside meeting coming up next Wednesday, April 24th.
-Editor, Jenny Ballif