I've finally come in for a landing from the Writer's Digest/BEA Conference trip. And what a great trip it was! I'd like to roundup a few highlights.
So here goes, my WD/BEA virtual scrapbook:
Chuck Sambuchino posted his adventures on the conference here. Stay tuned to his blog, Guide to Literary Agents, for those high-quality pictures he's promising.
Agent Janet Reid shared her impression of the writers who volunteered to test-pitch their pitches in front of the entire group. [It's always a good idea to volunteer for opportunities like this. I did with my first book, Writer Mama, and it was worth the risk to make a favorable impression--shaking hands and all.]
Agent Robin Mizell talks about the benefits to writers who dare to approach agents and pitch their ideas: the writers get to assess the agents by meeting them up close and personal.
And last but far from least, here's Jane Friedman's great recap.
I had my new Flip camera at the event and so, as promised, here's a couple of those clips:
Here's a short portion of the Karin Slaughter keynote that kicked the conference off. Ms. Slaughter was hilarious. If you hear someone laughing really loudly, you are probably hearing me.
And here is the tail-end of the author book signings. I'm sitting next to agent Donald Mass and next to him is author Peter Selgin. If anyone can help me from there down, the insights are appreciated!
Big thanks to Jane Friedman, Greg Hatfield, Kelly Nickel and the whole team at Writer's Digest Book for hosting such a great event for writers!