Monday, October 29, 2007

What I Learned at the Emerald City Writer's Conference

1. It is possible to ride the elevator up and down to your room on the tenth floor a dozen times in one hour.

2.Forgetting your promotional material is a very, very, very stupid thing to do.

3.If you find yourself (by chance) sharing gab and coffee with Julia Quinn, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Stella Cameron,(all at the same time) you quietly wipe your workshop schedule clean and DO NOT MOVE.

4. If you want to liven up a workshop presentation, take your husband. Elizabeth Boyle brought hers to help on project management and it wasn't only funny, it was fabulous. Especially when he asked a crowd of writers the same questions he'd asked his wife, "How many pages do you write an hour? How many do you write a day? How long does it take you to write a book?" You should have seen the freaked out, horrified, or just plain baffled looks on the faces around me. We no know!

5. It is possible to drink four cosmos and a glass of wine and still remain completely unfazed. Right?

6. Okay, this one is a little obscure because I can't name names or the blunder...but just be warned-- If you're sitting there at breakfast and a chapter mate (you know who you are) makes what seems like a perfectly reasonable little suggestion/challenge... walk away from the table. Have some more coffee. Take a deep breath and thank your lucky stars you escaped. I'm just saying.

7. Kerry Blaisdell makes the best roommate evah!

8. The Greater Seattle Chapter Rocks!

9 comments:

Kristen Painter said...

Bring husband. Must remember that if I ever give a workshop.

Kerry Blaisdell said...

LOL! I do NOT deserve that title. For instance, I think *other* roommates *may* not have developed horrible migraines on the last morning and bitched and moaned during the whole drive home. I'm just saying...

As for Item 6, when the book sells -- AND IT WILL, and so will the first and subsequent books in the series, too -- certain people will be *very* glad they *did not* walk away from the table. ;?)

Bonnie Ferguson said...

Sounds like you had a great time! }:)

Brooke Taylor said...

#6 has me sooo intrigued...

stephhale said...

It sounds like you had a blast!

Amanda Ashby said...

Oh, sounds like a great conference!!!

Lexi said...

Sounds like we all missed the fun!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Damn, I so wish I would have gone.

Next year, next year, next year...

The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick said...

Teri, it was great to finally meet you in person and have a moment to chat. Hope to see you up in our area more often! I'm already looking forward to conference in San Francisco! :-)

Christina