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)
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.
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