I got a major guilt trip from my 7 year old as I left the house this morning. Couple that with the guilt trip I got when I arrived home tonight, on how I'm going to miss the girls' karate belt tests tomorrow, and it actually got to me.
Thanks, hun. Just what I needed. : / I'm busy 1 weekend out of the entire year and I get real tears, sob stories and children clinging to my shins.
As for the conference, it's going great so far.
I learned about the agency submission structure to publishers.
I learned what a Pre-Empt was, and how a book auction works.
I learned editors don't like to admit it, but they DO read the slush pile.
I also learned editors admire work like "Speak" (a fabulous book all teenagers should read!) but in the same breath say they want a book that speaks (no pun intended) to multiple audiences and is commercial. Huh? Have they read 'Speak'?
I learned I small talk better with writers who are just as socially awkward as myself.
I learned the Starbucks in the hotel lobby closes at 6 pm.
I learned I need a cup of coffee at about 3 pm and should not delay.
I learned a major best selling author is going to read the first 15 pages of my manuscript. Yay!
I learned despite all my editing, and even paying a teacher to copy edit I STILL had POV issues in my manuscript. Argh!!! I swear, I don't normally have issues with POV, but changing this book from 1st to 3rd was a huge mistake and I'm so pissed I took that note to begin with.
I learned when asked what other Young Adult author's favorite books were, I was the only one who's answer did not included 'young plucky girl from the past' coming of age novels.
In fact, I'm fairly certain, when asked to pick my favorite character in one of my favorite books I was the only one who wrote about the narrator of 'The Book Thief,' Death.
Day 2 tomorrow. Wish me luck.