Monday, February 1, 2010

Writer's Conference Update

So, I promised to update you on how my conference went this weekend and all I can say is...

O! M! G!

When I went there, my only goals were to learn as much as I could and try not to make a fool out of myself.

I wasn't expecting this:

It may just be a handwritten piece of paper, but that is one of the very small handful of Conference Choice Awards given out. Each Agent/Editor who did advance reading appointments had to pick a favorite writing sample. And somehow--I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it--the editor I met with chose me. 


 I can't. stop. smiling.

So if you're wondering how the conference went...


I also had consultation appointments with 4 agents--all of which went way better than I expected. No, they did not offer to sign me or fight over me or anything those of you with wild imaginations might be envisioning right now. (So, no, I will not be fulfilling any of my deals with the universe--despite how much you all may want me to) But I did get very positive feedback, and they all said they would love to see my query. So...we'll see if anything comes from that. 

Either way, I now have--officially--the best writer porn EVER!

I mean really, how. sexy. is. that?


Sadly, I can't show you the best part, (a couple of those have instructions scribbled on the back for how to jump the slush pile when I query) but that's actually only a TINY handful of the agents I met. (I didn't take cards from the ones who didn't represent what I write) And you know what? Agents really aren't as scary as I thought they were!!!

But I'll talk a LOT more about that later.

I promise, I will fill you in with all the details about who I met and what I learned and I even have an awesome signed book to give away sometime this week or next, but right now I am WIPED.

I've basically been running on pure adrenaline for the last 72 hours and I am crashing HARD. I'm not even sure if this post makes sense, so to try and pass on some of the wisdom I acquired is totally beyond me right now.  

But check back tomorrow because there are awesome things to come.
And now...I think I'm going to try to do something I haven't done in months.


*Head hits pillow*


  1. YAY....Sounds like you had such a good time! I'm so jealous. Congrats on the award!

    So super exciting!

  2. The award is soooooo pretty! You did soooooo well this weekend!!!! Congrats! I'm uber-proud!

  3. Sounds amazing! Can't wait to hear more. Grats on the award!

  4. See? I told you that you would have fun. And they really aren't as scary at all. Most are positively nice. Now go sleep. Sleeeep... I know what it's like to run on pure adrenaline. See you in the morning. ;)

  5. Congrats! Frankie was keeping us updating on your excellent news all weekend. And yes, that's fabulous writer porn.

  6. OMG! Could I possibly be more jealous? And I just wrote a comment about how I try to swallow down any jealous feelings over at another blog. Hmmm, was that some kind of warning or hint?

    I'm so excited for you, Shannon! Really, I couldn't be happier. You totally deserve it. I hope they DO fight over you once they get your queries! Congratulations and a huge blug! :-)

  7. Congratulations on your award!! I'm so glad you had a great time. Can't wait to hear more.

  8. I'm so happy for you! Sounds like you had a great time!

    Don't forget us when you're famous! Maybe you can even blurb a book for me one day...

  9. Woo-hoo! Now that's a wonderful Monday morning blog. This should give you a ton of confidence going forward. Congratulations!

  10. Wow, good lady! Your first conference, and you got a win! You rock. :)

    (Must have been the pencil skirt and pumps. I totally know what I'm talking about, fashion-wise, y'know, like, and stuff...)

  11. How awesome is that? So glad you had a great time and can't wait to hear more.

  12. Congrats! So excited for you...and a little jealous. I can't wait till I get to go to a conference! I'm saving up to go to one in the fall.
    That award is awesome!

  13. Congratulations! sounds amazing. I am hoping to go to my very first conference this year, and really looking forward to it.

  14. See? You were totally awesome! You rocked it!

    I can't wait to hear more about the conference!

  15. Aw, thanks everyone. I promise, I will get back in the habit of replying to comments individually, but today I'd be like a broken record saying "Aw, thanks!" over and over. But you guys are the best and are totally making me feel like a rock star!

    Oh and Simon, oddly (and sadly) enough, if I'd been there to pitch screenplays your fashion advice might have helped. One of the screenplay agents on one of the agent panels I attended actually said he requested a full one time because someone queried via stripper gram. (And I really don't think he was kidding) *shakes head* *sighs* Ah Hollywood...and the mystery of why I left you is solved...

  16. Wahoo!! What fabulous compliments - you must be smiling even in your sleep. It's so exciting! Can't wait to hear the rest :)

  17. Congrats! That is so exciting. I must say, I'm not surprised that you were singled out, because you are absolutely fabulous.

    Sweet dreams...

  18. Congrats on the award! That's awesome. So glad you had a great time. Conferences are the best.

  19. So excited for you! That's wonderful :o) Glad you had a great time! Can't wait to go to my first one ;o)


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