This weekend I attended the Liberty States Fiction Writers annual “Create Something Magical” conference for the 4th time. Each year, I try to expand upon what I did the previous year, to stretch myself more as a writer. In other words, I try to do something that scares me. This time, that meant participating in the conference version of the “So You Think You Can Write” challenge.
On Saturday, SYTYCW invited participants to submit a 1-minute summary of a work-in-progress. (I wrote the pitch in the hotel Friday night, with the help of my friend and conference roommate Stacey Agdern.) After hearing it read out loud, the panel of four author-coaches would then decide if one or more wanted to have the participant on her team. (Similar to The Voice.) I ended up on the team of contemporary romance author Christi Barth. We sat down for a one-on-one, where she gave me manuscript and career advice. In fact, she sent me running off to pitch the novel to an editor or agent.