It’s been one wild ride since we last chatted here at More Cowbell! I’m still feeling like death-warmed-over from the flu I brought home from my trip to Texas but I missed y’all too dang bad to stay away.
By the way, I need to extend a HUGE thank you to Margie Lawson and Tiffany Lawson Inman, who answered comments and held down the fort while I was away!! I love those ladies. 🙂
What have I been up to since we last chatted? A LOT!!
I arrived in Texas in the wee hours on May 15th and Ingrid Schaffenburg whisked me down to the Lamb Ranch for some R&R. Besides the Dreaded Donut Debacle (where Piper Bayard accidentally poisoned Kristen with dairy), a great time was had by all.
I think Donna Newton’s post explains our ranch hijinks the best, as does the photo below.
Other DFW gems:
- Julie Glover’s vlog after the author/agent party
- Fab photos in David Walker’s DFW post!
- Even more great photos and hilarious comments in Tiffany White’s post.
- Jess Witkins boiled down what she learned at DFWcon in THIS amazing post.
- Ingrid Schaffenburg’s Top 5 Bits of Wisdom from DFWcon is a must-read.
- Rounding out the DFWcon amazing-ness are Kristen Lamb and Piper Bayard, and trust me, these two ladies are completely amazing. 🙂
Last, but not least, on the conference front…the team that runs the DFWcon show is incredible! Steve Manning and Jason Myers particularly impressed me. Jason’s the kind of guy who just makes everyone around him feel happy. He was at the top of my meet list, along with my WANA peeps, James Rollins and David Sylvian-Czajkowski.
I got everything I wanted out of this conference, plus a whole lot more. Candace Havens was the stand-out presenter for me, along with a publishing workshop given by Kait Nolan, Laurie McLean and Kristen Lamb.
Here’s how I did on my conference goals:
- Decide what I really, really want from this conference.
My goal was to connect with my peeps and learn. And boy, did I! It was hard to pick a favorite workshop, and I’ll be blogging on what I learned once I’m up and around, but Candace Havens’ Fast Draft workshop really rocked my world.
- Practice my pitch ~ Done.
I have my eye on two amazing agents, but I came away from the conference seriously thinking about self-publishing my high-risk pregnancy memoir. TWO YEARS to get it into the hands of pregnant ladies via traditional publishing?! I don’t like that idea at all and I’d never really sat down to think of it. Plus, I heard from several agents that a memoir from a non-famous person was a hard sell. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!
- Finish up the Dirty Fighting contest
I’ve promised a deadline of first week of June and I’m working toward that.
- Do final prep for baby girl to go to pre-school when I return
We did the pre-school thing this last week and it was SO hard! She cried off and on the entire first day. Her godfather actually works right next to her school so he did a little bit of spying for me. It was nice to hear that all the other kids took turns hugging her when she cried but I still felt horribly guilty. More on this next week when she goes four days….
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It’s wonderful to be home…I found it difficult to be away for so long. I told my hubby that he and baby are going next time because I couldn’t stand the separation! Now, I’m going back to bed.
Announcement: Ingrid Schaffenburg and I are going to do Fast Draft together and try to bang out a first draft in two weeks (goal is 20 pages a day). Is anyone interested in joining us? I thought I’d throw this out here in case anyone else walked away from the conference wanting to try it. (Check-in for #FastDraft is every day so be very sure before you say yes.)
How did your week go? Did you miss me as much as I missed you? What did you do that I need to catch up on (links are allowed in the comments for this!)?
I’m looking forward to catching up with y’all in the coming week!