From Thursday through Sunday, the writing conference provided a wealth of information. The Algonkian Pitch and Shop was well worth the money I spent, and I felt the staff running this event did a stand up job. Day one we went over our pitches with our writing groups, and everyone asked questions and gave constructive criticism. The group of women (and the one man stuck with us all), were a smart and fun bunch to be around. I hope to read all their published books and other literary pursuits in the future! Now I will look for a writing group in El Paso, and if I can’t locate one, maybe I need to pioneer one. Even looking at your writing through another person’s eyes, helps you to see what is missing or needs to be improved on.
The idea was that the pitches would be tweaked on our own that night, ready to present to our first editor on Friday morning. What was interesting about our first time, was that we needed to give our pitch in front of the entire group. This was helpful, as we could see the type of feedback that everyone received, and this way you feel like you are learning more about the publishing world as well.
The first editor made the comment to my group leader that my book had potential and so I needed to develop a platform (i.e. a blog/website) to generate interest in my book. So here I am! Blogging about the process of trying to publish a book on one part of my website, and blogging about my online dating experiences on the other part! Even though I am back in El Paso and posting these well over a week after they happened, I want those who are seriously interested in publishing their own work to learn from the experiences I had. My goal is to feel like you could have been there too.