This will be my last post before the writer's conference this coming Saturday. (At midnight tonight, I enter the world of NaNoWriMo.)
I'm just about ready for the conference. Here's a preview of what I expect.
Early-o-clock on Saturday - wake up and drive down to Charlotte - try to get there a little early to find a good parking spot, etc.
Dress = business casual, so I'll wear nice shirt, pants, black shoes, and no tie. I will probably take a small bag to carry materials I may collect. I'm still debating whether to have some first chapters ready to hand out.
8AM: Registration begins. They also have breakfast and "Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: The Past, Present, and Future of Writing in North Carolina". It's an open discussion during breakfast. It'll be fun to listen to.
9AM: Session I Workshop: "Promoting Yourself" with Linda Rohrbough. I hear that this is a really good presentation. If for some reason this session is over capacity, my second choice is: "Creating Archetypal Characters Instead of Stereotypes in Mystery and Suspense Fiction" with Suzanne Adair.
10:30 AM: Break - this is my chance to talk with people, exchange business cards, check out the booths, etc.
11:00 AM: Session II Workshop. Since I have a Manuscript Mart appointment, I can't stay for a whole workshop. I'll either go to "Panel Discussion: Critique Groups" with Michael Shinn and Chaytor Chandler, sit near the back and leave at 11:25. Or I'll stay with the booths and network with anyone else not attending a workshop. Or I may go hide somewhere and practice my verbal pitch.
11:30 AM: Manuscript Mart with Daniel Lazar. This is my big moment with one-on-one time with a real agent. I'll pitch my completed novel, "Escape From the Planet Justice," and we'll see how it goes. Best case scenario, he may take on my book. Next best case - he'll refer me to someone else in Writers House. Worst case - he'll give me some good advice on how to fix my pitch so I can better find an agent or publisher the next time.
11:50 AM: The Manuscript Mart ends. I can either go back into the Session II Workshop. Or I can do more networking. Or I can go hide for thirty minutes and think about what Daniel said to me.
12:30 PM: Luncheon. We'll eat while we listen to Georgann Eubanks talk about her book "Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont." We'll hear about NC authors and all that stuff.
1:30 PM: Town Hall Meeting. The Director Ed Southern will answers open questions.
2:00 PM: Literary Walking Tour with Georgann Eubanks. We'll walk around Charlotte and learn some of its literary history.
3:00 PM: Session III Workshop: "From Writer to Entrepreneur: How Building a Theme-Based Web Site Can Take You There" with Ashley Thomas Memory. Here I'll learn how to spice up my web pages. (Will this blog get a makeover?)
4:30 PM: Break - more networking and visiting booths.
5:00 PM: Faculty Readings - I'm not sure what happens here. I've never been to a reading before. I'll probably have to choose who to listen to. There may be a good chance to talk to the reader after the reading (networking).
6:00 PM: Happy Hour - I really don't know what happens here. I don't drink, but I'll probably carry a diet-coke glass with me. Supposedly holding a drink helps you network better. I'll play this one by ear.
7:00 PM: Network Banquet with reading by Cathy Smith Bowers. She's the NC Poet Laureate. I'm guessing she'll read us some poetry.
9:00 PM: Open Mike - I've never been to one of these. If there's an opening, I may get up there and tell my IRC story. Or I may listen and soak it all in.
10:00 PM: It's over. I'll drive home. Get back at late-o-clock. Then crash after church the next day.
Sounds like a fun, full day! If any of you are going - I hope to see you there.