Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On a Conference High!

I'm still coming down from my conference high.

This past weekend I attended the LDStorymakers Conference and had a blast!

Here are some of the highlights:

-Spent six hours in a super thorough crit group. Who was the host? The fab Elana Johnson! I would like to get inside that woman's brain (maybe). Her ideas on how to shape our manuscripts were fabulous.

-Got to meet so many of my blogging buddies. Seriously, does everyone who blogs live out west? There are too many to even name...because I just tried and it was over 20!

-I got to have breakfast with most of my online crit group.

-Did my first ever in person pitch to an editor. Yes, I did get a request. No, it wasn't a full. Yes, it was still cool. Just being able to sit down (once the nerves left my body) and chat with her, was priceless. It's true people. Agents and editors are people too:)

-The learning. Unbelievable how much I was able to pack into my brain about writing. If you haven't been to a writing conference, you really need to go!

-Some quality time with my lil sister. She's sixteen and an aspiring writer and it was because of her that I was able to jump on a plane and go to this conference in the first place. Oh to have the perks once more of living at home and getting awesome Christmas presents. At least she included me in this wish of her:) Thanks Caity!

I would love to post some pictures, but for some reason I can never find my stupid sd card reader when I want to. I'm sure you've seen a lot of them just from the other blogs though, so yeah.

All in all, it was a blast.

Now, it's time to get to work!

Have you ever been to a writer's conference?

20 comments:

Julie Daines said...

It was a fabulous conference! So many great people and so much inspiration. I'm glad you had such a great time.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

So glad you got a request and so bummed we didn't get a picture! 2013?

J. A. Bennett said...

It was so great to meet you! I wish we could have hung out a bit more, but there's always next year, right?

Loree Huebner said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time! I've been to a few smaller ones, but I plan to attend a huge one in September, in Dallas. I'm excited!

Emily R. King said...

I loved meeting you! It was wonderful to spend time with you and your sister. I'm glad you had fun and got home in one piece. :)

Randy said...

It was a pretty amazing conference.

Cassie Mae said...

I'm so jealous I didn't get to meet you while you were out here! I would've loved to hear that accent of yours. :)

Maybe you'll send me a recording, yes?? ;)

Angela Cothran said...

I loved meeting you in the flesh. You are just as lovely in person. And I love your cute accent!

Meredith said...

Aw, sounds like so much fun! Congrats on the request!!!

Connie B. Dowell said...

Sounds like a blast. I've never been to a conference, but I'm going to the SCBWI MidAtlantic Regional conference in October, no matter what!

Juliana L. Brandt said...

Aww, I'm so glad you had a great time!! I hope you last on that high for weeks to come!

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Conference high is a great high. ^_^ Use that energy!

Kristin Rae said...

YAY! It sounds like you had the most amazing time! I'm so excited for your writing high! And isn't it great meeting your online friends for realz?! SO COOL!

And omg we must chat about this in-person pitching. I have to do that next month and I'm CLUELESS about how it all goes down. I've been nervous about it for months! lol

Kelley Lynn said...

I would love to try an in person pitch. Glad to hear those agents are real ;)

And to meet blog buddies! Oh gosh that would be so fun! :)

Leslie Rose said...

I feel the magic conference fairy dust sprinkling out from your blog. May all you took away from it energize you until the next conference.

Stephsco said...

Sounds like so much fun! I just went to my first real writing conference (not just a reader event) through RWA, I am similarly stoked from the experience. Good luck with your manuscript request!

Sharon Bayliss said...

Sounds awesome! Congrats on the request!

ilima said...

I loved meeting you, Deana. And our primer group rocked it with Elana!

alexia said...

I love conferences! I am in withdrawal from the last one I was at in October. Congrats on the request!

Susan said...

It was so fun to meet you and your sister at the conference! Isn't Elana wonderful as a Boot Camp instructor? I had her the first time I did it and she was FABULOUS. I learned tons from her. Hope to see you at next year's conference!