Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ANWA Conference

This last weekend I went to the ANWA Conference in Phoenix.  I love writers' conferences!  If any of you are aspiring writers, I strongly suggest you get yourself to a conference or two.  It's a great way to learn about the business and network, network, network.  Honestly, I don't know how an author would ever get published if they didn't have a support group around them.   And there's no better place to find a writing/critique group, pitch an agent, learn from experienced authors, etc.
I even pitched an agent who really liked my idea and asked to see more.  Yay!  Of course, I'm pretty sure that she gave her card to everyone who pitched to her, but that doesn't matter.  She like my idea, so I'm claiming it as a victory.
We learned some awesome stuff about writing, pitching, querying, etc.  I stayed up until 2:00 am working on my pitch, then woke up again at 5:00.  I would suggest getting this done beforehand-- it's not fun to survive the day on 3 hours of sleep.  I would've been more prepared, but I thought I was prepared until I went to the pitch class the night before and discovered I had it all wrong.  Just another good reason for writing conferences.  
Thanks to all of the ladies at ANWA and for all the speakers/agents/etc. for putting together such a great conference.


  1. Congrats on the pitch! I got a "yes" as well. I don't know if everyone did, but we can still celebrate, right?

    Friday night I tried to compare my prepared pitch with what Elana taught and I couldn't focus. I admire your ability to stay up till 2 AM to get it right!

  2. I did the same sleep routine, but with several wakeups between 2 and 5. By the time I pitched the next afternoon my eyes were bloodshot, speech slurred, who knows what I said! Lameness. But I agree--I learned a ton, met a bunch of great new people, and I even got to chat with YOU. Three cheers for conferences!