Well, the Houston Writers Guild annual conference went really well, according to everyone. I was one of the breakout speakers and did a presentation called “Preparing to Work with and Later Working with an Editor.” I was super nervous and felt I messed up a good amount, but I got great feedback about it afterward. The audience was perfect: they took notes, laughed in the right spots, and asked questions. Below is the title page of my PowerPoint presentation.
I also had a little table set up that I stayed at for most of the rest of the conference, and people came by to ask advice about their books and get information about the editing process. I tell you, it’s such a rewarding feeling doing what you love, being able to help others reach their goals, and having people look to you for guidance.
Later in the day I participated on a panel with a few literary agents and one other editor. That was definitely helpful to a lot of writers. Those agents were available during the day to hear book pitches, and I got to hear all about several people’s encouraging sessions with the agents. Such excitement all day.
So, though I was a nervous wreck for a good part of the day, it was totally worth it. I’m looking forward to next year’s conference already.
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It sounds like it was a blast, too bad I missed out. By any chance, do you know when will the next annual conference be?
The big conferences–the annuals–are normally around April, but there are several smaller ones throughout the year. The HWG website always has good info: http://www.houstonwritersguild.org. Hope you can make some!
Thank you forr being you