Monday, August 23, 2010

Ready... Steady... Go!

KillerCon is this week! Whoooo!

I've been working on getting the novel edited, and putting a pitch session together. After a heated debate with my writing partner, I've decided to put the cut first section back into the novel. It's not my job to hack and slash at the prose; hopefully I'll have an editor interested in doing that. At this point, I feel the need to just back away before I do serious damage to the novel.

The pitch session has been worrying me, but I've finally wrapped my brain around it and done my best to stop being so damn stressed about it. I'm determined to enjoy the conference and relish it for exactly what it is: a chance to network and make new friends in the horror writing community, as well as get some pointers and suggestions for how best to query agents and editors about my manuscripts. Anything else is just gravy, at this point. It would be awesome if my book is a hit with an agent or an editor at the conference, but it's not something I'm going to obsess about. Especially if that would keep me from having a good time at the con.

So now I'm counting the hours, minutes, moments until it's time to go. I keep going over checklists in my mind, making sure I haven't forgotten anything. I finally finished the one-sheet for the pitch and it looks good, as far as I can tell. I feel like I'm stumbling around in the dark making this stuff up as I go along, but I'm sure everybody feels that way the first time.

I'll give you guys a full report when I get back... in fact, if I'm able to blog from the hotel I'll probably post something at the end of the week about how everything is going.

What are you looking forward to this week?

11 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I'm looking forward to seeing all my grandchildren on Saturday 3 of them I don't see so often as the other one whos lives nearby.

I am sorting through my poems with the view to having another book punlished, I have so many new ones since my other book went on sale.

Also I am looking forward to be just content with life and take each day as it comes.
Tomorrow would have been my wedding anniversary and my mothers' birthday I won't be unhappy as I had a wonderful mother and marriage and the memories are good.

Have a good day.
Yvonne,

Al said...

Hopefully finishing with checking my novel proof

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't go expecting someone to jump on your manuscript. That will just add stress. Go to network and learn - who knows where it will all lead?

Jemi Fraser said...

I agree - go hoping to learn and have fun. Don't stress yourself out over it - the more relaxed you are the more you'll get out of it! Have fun!

Hannah Kincade said...

OMG!! I'm soooo jealous! I would love to go to KillerCon! I hope to go to 2012. I know I'm not going to make 2011 because I have to move around that time.

I hope you have a blasty!! You'll have to tell us all you've learned when you get back!

Hart Johnson said...

I hope you have a really excellent time at your conference! Have fun with those sick, twisted horror writer types! (and am winking, as I know you ARE one--wish I could write the stuff!)

Sounds like your attitude is in exactly the right place to get the most out of it!

Theresa Milstein said...

Have a good time at the conference! I can't wait to hear all about it when you return.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hope you're having a successful time!

Ellie said...

Have a great time; YOU are there to learn, get info, I can't wait to hear how it went! What a gathering to be part of! I bet there will be some great convos! enJOY~

I'm working on submitting more art; Just trying to figure what challenges to take on. There is a list...what speaks to me?!

See, your nervous, anxious, nails on the chalk board edge, and your pulse is racing.
You are in perfect form to go~

Kate said...

Good luck at the con - enjoy yourself whatever happens.

I've a little something for you over on my blog :-)

N. R. Williams said...

I found you through Kate's blog. I know exactly how you feel since I have pitched at conference repeatedly. Many requests no bites.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author