Vegas, baby ... I'm back. Here's how it went down.
We saw the Bellagio fountains.
Check Out These Great Upcoming Writers Conferences:
- Feb. 11, 2017: Writers Conference of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN)
- Feb. 16–19, 2017: San Francisco Writers Conference (San Francisco, CA)
- Feb. 24, 2017: The Alabama Writers Conference (Birmingham, AL)
- Feb. 25, 2017: Atlanta Writing Workshop (Atlanta, GA)
- March 25, 2017: Michigan Writers Conference (Detroit, MI)
- March 25, 2017: Kansas City Writing Workshop (Kansas City, MO)
- April 8, 2017: Philadelphia Writing Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)
- April 22, 2017: Get Published in Kentucky Conference (Louisville, KY)
- April 22, 2017: New Orleans Writers Conference (New Orleans, LA)
- May 6, 2017: Seattle Writers Conference (Seattle, WA)
- May 19–21, 2017: PennWriters Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)
- June 24, 2017: The Writing Workshop of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
- Aug. 18–20, 2017: Writer's Digest Conference (New York, NY)
The Las Vegas Writers' Conference started in full on Friday and I presented on agents, and then again on pitching. The sessions went well. Along with my coworker, Zac Petit, there were a few authors there and a good amount of literary agents taking pitches from every direction. The agents were very available and willing to listen to anybody who approached them. Mollie Glick was there, as were other agents Lori Perkins, Ken Sherman, Katharine Sands, Ellen Pepus and more.
As far as some general thoughts on the conference: From my point of view, the pitching sessions were a tad disorganized—BUT, from a writer's point of view, that actually looked advantageous, because writers could pitch anytime anywhere that they liked. Agents, being the nice people they are, did their best to accommodate anyone who wanted to share an idea. So that went well. If you're interested in attending next year, pay attention to the Henderson Writers Group web page.
I remember that my sessions were being recorded, so there is that option, if you wanted to hear it but couldn't travel easily.
From left: Thomas Dunne editor Toni
Plummer, agent/manager Ken Sherman,
WD staffer Zac Petit, and agent
Got to Vegas on Thursday with Zac. We immediately high-tailed it to "old Vegas," which are the classic casinos where you still have a real mix of people, free drinks, and cheaper gaming. Lost some money there, but did enjoy the covered streets and the music shows that happen above you. Queen's "We Will Rock You" was intense.
On Friday night, I saw the Criss Angel Cirque du Soleil show. I have much to say on that night, so it warrants a second post. (More coming ...)
Saturday night was the designated night to hit "new Vegas." That's right—the strip. The glamorous casinos. Being fashion-challenged, I did my best to put on some decent clothes and some of us hit the town, only for everyone but me to decide at 9 p.m. that they had seen enough and wanted to go back to the hotel.
Buzzkill. But still fun.