Only five more sleeps until SIWC opens!! On Thursday morning a good friend and I will take the nine hour drive to Surrey...and the next morning it begins!
I've never been to a writer's conference before, so I'm very excited to experience everything possible. I fully expect to be exhausted by Sunday afternoon. I plan on taking in every workshop I can, meet many, many people, and soak in every scrap of information available.
I've signed up for a Pitch Session with Nephele Tempest and a Blue Pencil Session with Jane Porter. It will be amazing to connect with people in the industry, but I am already nervous about doing so. I have two finished manuscripts to pitch, so I'm working on their blurbs, which is very tough - how do you encapsulate the feel, the drive, of a 70,000 word manuscript in two short paragraphs? And for the BP session writers are allowed to bring three pages of work to discuss with the author. Three pages out of 400? How to choose?
I'm trying to keep it all in perspective. While this weekend is a great opportunity, for me and many other writers, it isn't the be-all-and-end-all. Having a professional critique 3 pages of my work is a bonus, regardless of what 3 pages I decide on (I'm probably going with the first 3 of my third manuscript, but who knows?). And meeting with an agent will be a great learning experience, no matter what happens in the future.
Although a girl can dream, can't she? Fingers crossed...