Surprise! I’m in Salt Lake City through Sunday. I got here with NO travel problems. I know!
Sean Markey picked me up at the airport, with no problems. I’m staying with him and Beth Wodzinski while I’m here. We drove to their house. With no problems! Seriously. So far, I like the way my travel karma is interacting with 2011.
Anyway, this is what I’ll be doing for the next several days. Looks good, eh?
8:30 AM – Intro, seminar overview, introduce speakers (Kevin)
9:00 – Econ 201 for Writers: Economics of Commercial Publishing (Eric)
10:00 – Inside Editors: How editors look at manuscripts (Dave, Kevin, Eric)
Noon – Lunch
1:30 PM – Myths of Publishing (Rebecca)
2:30 – Agents: the “A” word (Brandon, Eric, Dave)
3:30 – “Dirty Secrets”: Being a professional author (Kevin, Rebecca)
4:30 – From Slushpile to #1 Bestseller in 4 Years (Brandon)
5:00 – The Popcorn Theory of Success (Kevin)
Evening – Welcome mixer/reception
8:30 AM – Copyright basics (Dave, Eric)
9:00 – Self-Publishing & Ebooks: Realities and Pitfalls (Eric, Rebecca)
10:00 – Pitching the Big Proposal (Brandon, Kevin, Dave)
11:00 – New Media: Using It to Get an Edge (Brandon, Rebecca)
Noon – Lunch
1:00 PM – Networking for Writers (Rebecca, Dave)
2:30 – Do It Yourself: Self-Promotion for Authors (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
3:30 – Promoting Yourself and Your Work (All)
4:30 – Open session: Q&A
Afterward – Authors available for signing
8:30 AM – Ergonomics: When Writing Gets to Be a Pain (Rebecca)
9:00 – Dissecting a Contract (Eric)
10:00 – Movies, TV, and Authors (Dave, Kevin, Brandon)
11:00 – Two Heads Are Better Than One: Collaborations (Eric, Kevin, Rebecca, Brandon)
Noon – Lunch
1:30 PM – Intellectual Property: How to Exploit Yours (Dave)
2:30 – Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Kevin)
3:30 – Balancing Acts: Writing World and Real World (All)
The weather has finally turned to summer here and it feel so good. I assembled our teak table and set it out in the courtyard yesterday. I had lunch outside and it was really lovely. All of our neighbors went by while I was out there and stopped to chat. Funny how just putting a table and chairs out there makes it feel much more like a yard and a community.
In the evening, I took one of the manual typewriters out and wrote a little. The glare was too strong for the laptop and somehow the typewriter felt more indulgent. I have to finish the story tomorrow since I won’t be lugging a typewriter to NYC and switching to computer will change the voice some.
Today I had lunch out there again. Then in the evening biked up to the Kennedy School to have dinner with Beth Wodzinski and Felicity Shoulders. It felt so good to be outside and have it be something other than cold and rainy.
This evening was my last gym session before heading off to NYC tomorrow. Things are much easier than they were when I went in last week. It always amazes me how quickly things come back. When I return from NYC I’ll keep going but at a somewhat saner pace.
Today was largely uneventful as we left Colorado and headed up through Wyoming. I cranked out story and got about 5000 words written. Things were fine until we got to Utah.
There’s this dinging noise that our truck makes when the temperature spikes. How do I know this, you might ask? Because it happened when we hit the hills leading into Salt Lake City. Thrice, in fact. Rob had checked the fluids before heading into the hills, but that didn’t stop every light on the dashboard from lighting up. The third time we called the truck rental company and talked to roadside assistance. They are going to get us in with a mechanic tomorrow, but won’t know what appointments are available until seven am.
Needless to say, Rob and I did the only logical thing. We coasted into SLC, to Beth Wodzinski’s house, where she and Sean Markey had arranged for us to meet up with some fellow writers at a local pub. We got to see Eric James Stone, Sandra Taylor and Chris Hansen.
And now, I’m going to turn into a pumpkin so that I can get up in the morning and talk about the truck. We’d just better not have to reload the thing.
The real lesson for me is one I’ve had to learn over and over, in every area of my life: shut the fuck up and act. Do something. Get on with it. You can’t just sit there paralyzed by how huge or impossible the task is and how hopeless and despairing you are; none of that actually matters. What matters is taking action. You have to just jump in and do it anyway. I don’t care if you’re talking about writing a novel or running a magazine or painting your kitchen or finishing a triathlon: if it’s something you want, then STFU and do it.
Beth Wodzinski is the Editor-in-Chief of Shimmer Magazine. You’ve probably heard of it…attractive perfect-bound magazine that could probably call itself the young cousin of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Beth Wodzinski is respected and well-liked by the Apex staff, and we were pleased that she took the time to tell us more about her labor of love.
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