Space Coast Wriiters Conference 2008: My Adventures in Cocoa Beach...

Just got back from Cocoa Beach, Fla., and the Space Coast Writers' Conference. It was my first conference of the year and the first in about three months, so it was nice to get back out and meet writers. The conference went well, with good attendance and a great cast of speakers, agents and editors.
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Just got back from Cocoa Beach, FL, and the Space Coast Writers' Conference. It was my first conference of the year and the first in about three months, so it was nice to get back out and meet writers. The conference went well, with good attendance and a great cast of speakers, agents and editors.


Friday night keynote
speaker Davis Bunn.

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I did two—one on shaping your pitch to agents, and another on playwriting. Everything went well and, as usual, I still found a little bit of time here and there to play some piano for folks. It was pretty cold—about 60 degrees—so there was no sunbathing for me (All at once, Florida: "Thank God"), though I did get to enjoy a run on the beach.


Cocoa Beach in January.
A bit cold, but still enjoyable.

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A few us of got to let loose on Saturday night at a cool seafood restaurant. Back at the hotel bar, there was a singles dance for seniors, which was pretty crazy (believe you me). Maybe the coolest moment of the night was meandering down A1A with some people and then walking into a karoake bar and singing "Margaritaville" with Bloomingtree Press editor Madeline Smoot, who has quite the singing voice (believe you me again).


Texas gals Madeline Smoot (left) and
Miriam Hees, editors of Bloomingtree Press in Austin.

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