- LA Splash has the most comprehensive take on the event, and offers insight into several of the sessions, as well as the writers attending. And there's a photo of me.
agent Janet Reid (and blogger behind QueryShark) helped with pitch slam
practice by entertaining a crowd of nearly 400 writers, showing them
how to tighten and structure their pitches. Here's her inspiring take.
- Literary agent Robin Mizell also mentions starting to receive submissions from writers at the pitch slam, plus shares wonderful insights from Mike Shatzkin, who gave an educational session at BEA on the day following our event.
- WD author and presenter Christina Katz has a great scrapbook of the event, with videos of Karin Slaughter's keynote address and the bookstore signing!
- Writer's Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino has a brief recap on his Guide to Literary Agents blog, as well as a summary of agent Ted Weinstein's advice from the agent panel.
- Conference attendee Michelle Reynoso blogged about her experience here and here.
We were honored to have Ron Hogan from GalleyCat at our conference, where he live-tweeted N.M. Kelby's session:
- Sitting in on N.M. Kelby's Closet Writer's Workshop. She's got 2 books coming out in September.
- N.M. Kelby's advice starts with believing in yourself.
- N.M. Kelby quotes Robert Frost: "No writer has ever been corrected into importance."
- N.M. Kelby has another Frost: "Why have we wings if not to seek friends at an elevation?"
- "write. read. write more. travel. write even more. repeat. And show people your work!"
- "When I say 'get a hobby,' I mean it. There's nothing that will drive you crazier than writing."
- N.M. Kelby also preaches the importance of proper nutrition for writers. Live mindfully!
- "When you write, it's art. Once you send it out, it's business."
- "If you can give the book to your mother-in-law," it can become a bestseller. "But more importantly, if the publisher doesn't treat the book like a bestseller, it's unlikely to be one."
- "Publishing is all about relationships. Play nice." Join writers groups, be active in the literary community.
You can find Ron Hogan's Twitterfeed here.
If you'd like some images from the event, I've posted several on my Picasa account—click here.