Preparing for Conference, No Time to Blog!

Crested Butte Writers 2014-04-28 12-12-39It’s Social Media Monday again. Not that I don’t use Facebook on a near daily basis. I check Twitter more than weekly as well. But this was the day I set aside to do my blog. Back in October, shortly after I started this blog, I wrote a short post, #4 is the True Test. On the few blogs I’d started in the past, I was lucky to get to #4 and usually that was my last. I’m up to # 40 now, I think. I’m not out of ideas, and find new ideas easier and easier to generate. What I’m out of, or short on, is time. I’m planning on attending a conference in June, The Crested Butte Writers’ Conference, and need to make sure some material is ready by then. Although I did not enter the contest, I have to have pitches and pages ready to go by next Monday as well as a ten-page section and synopsis. This particular conference doesn’t make pitch appointments, but instead has you submit written materials ahead. If one of the attending agents or editors is interested, they will then ask to speak to you and an appointment will be made. The theory is that this is less stressful and saves time on everyone’s part, since the agents won’t have lots of materials from people whose actual writing they don’t like, and the authors won’t have their hopes up unnecessarily. Of course the latter is only true at the time of the conference, not prior to submitting the page and pitch!

I attended this same conference five years ago. It is small and more laid back than the larger conferences. Because it is smaller, the number of attending agents and editors may be smaller as well, but the quality doesn’t suffer. In 2009 Donald Maass was a speaker. Again, because it is smaller, you are more likely to get some individual attention without the pushiness that often happens at the larger conferences. For instance, I remember being at one conference when an agent got on the elevator. Before I could even open my mouth to say hello, someone else stepped on and took over. The conference five years ago was the first I attended where a panel of agents and editors commented on your first page. This seems to have become a standard at many conferences such as just completed Pikes Peak and upcoming  Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold conference.

But my point in writing this is that I don’t currently have time to do much of a post. I  have drafts of posts; what I don’t have is the time to spend on them that I’ve dedicated to each in the past. So for the next month I may resort to merely reposting an interesting article or blog post. I’m starting with this one posted by an MFA writer friend from yesterday’s New York Times. It’s short and funny and has a good point!

A Master’s In Chick Lit by Karen Gillespie.

All you MFAers, what do you think?

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  1. #1 by Caroline on April 28, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    There are good reasons for not blogging and there are bad reasons. Getting pitches ready for a conference? Good reason.
    About that MFA article–nice that she already was published. Why did she think she should get an MFA? DId her books pay off her student loans? Heck, we never had an agent come visit our program (Univ. of Arizona), so I guess her school at least was a little more practical than mine. The most practical our program got was my last semester when Richard Shelton, my nonfiction prof, wrote in a comment on my essay about Sabino Canyon something to the effect that “most writers have a day job.”

  2. #2 by c2london on April 28, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    Practical, or closer to NY! Do you still have the Sabino Canyon essay? Might be a nice blog post with some photos.

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