Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Conference fever

Okay, so it's not the Nationals. But this weekend I'm going to the Ottawa chapter's Sweet and Spicy 2 conference. (I think I may be the only non-spicy writer there!)

I still haven't decided if I'll pitch my latest book or not. I have an appointment with one of the Harlequin Blaze editors (again - spicy), but I know she can recommend me to the Steeple Hill editor. I am not good at verbal things, however. Just having to record my answering machine announcement makes my tongue tangle (and that's reading off a paper!) And if anyone's within hearing distance, I can't do it. So the only way I'll get through a pitch is probably to read off cue cards. And if madam editor asks me a question, my mind will be a blank. *Sigh*

The other option is to just go in and chat for 10 minutes about the business in general. I can do that! Guess I'll play it by ear.

Other than the pitch, I'm really looking forward to getting away. We (my CP & I) are going by train, so we can relax and read along the way. Maybe see some nice fall colours too!

Will let you know how it turned out next week!

Happy writing.


1 comment:

Keli Gwyn said...


I hope you have a wonderful time at your conference. I think riding the train would be a wonderful way to travel, so much more relaxing than driving or flying.

Pitching is a scary proposition, but I encourage you to go for it. You're a Golden Heart finalist, so I know you can tell a good story. From all you've said about your wip, it's got lots of merit. There's no better way to find out than to pitch your story.

I dreaded my very first pitch sessions at RWA Nationals, but I survived. As a result I found out that agents and editors are nice people who are generous with their wise counsel.

I'd love to add your editor request to an upcoming Pixie Chicks update.