As an author, coach, and public speaker, I hope this blog will help to show the frustrations and joys of the work behind the scenes, and hopefully attract many people that will become friends, and maybe even fans of my work. Like all of life, it will be an adventure none the less. Thanks for joining me on the ride, and being a part of my life.
This year was fantastic with so many people attending. There
is nothing better than having meeting with the best writers in the world and learning
The first day there was called CRAFTFEST and had some great
instructors, you know, people like Steve Berry, Karen Dionne, Phillip Margolin,
Stanly Trllip, John Samford, James Bruno, Gayle Lynds, Michael Connelly,
Michael Palmer, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Catherine Coulier, David
Morrell just to name a few.
Knowing what makes a writer tick and how they go about creating
bestselling novels is a fantastic way in taking any writers work to the next
level. All of these great instructors openly shared how they work and answered
questions from those attending. This was both during the meetings and walking
The next day was AGENTFEST where over 600 writers went after
about 50 agents in a frenzy attempt to connect. All presentations were limited
to 3 minutes where the writer could make his case. Since I am looking for a new
agent, I was in that group. At the end of the day, I had received over 10 requests,
which may be a record, for my recently completed manuscript.
Later that night there was a major cocktail party. This is
where many more contacts could be made. I spent a lot of time with one special
editor I would love to work with. As such, I will write my next novel tuned to
what he loves to edit. Luckily, we both love the same stories.
The next day started THRILLFEST with many more panel
discussions and the main banquet. Since I had other commitments, I had to
leave, but really missed, perhaps the best part. Next year, I will do better in
planning my time.
I have a photo of where this convention is held in NYC. I
hope to see more people there next year.