Short entry today as I am in terrible need of a nap before I head out for nerd night (AKA D&D night).
At this time last week, I was wrapping up a class at the the Willamette Writers Conference, getting ready for a meal, followed by more classes, followed by two more days of wonderfullness. At the conference, I did one major thing I’ve never done before: I pitched my novel! I received some great feedback and advice, and comments that made me realize I am not the only one who thinks I have a decent idea 🙂 . I also fought through my fear, and read in class. I even walked up to complete strangers and introduced myself. What I learned is, I am no longer the shy guy, I LIKED doing that! I LIKED reading my work for people! My heart pounded, my breathing quickened, but I did it anyway, and it was FUN!
Today I sit back and think about the week and all I learned, not only in the conference, but in the days since, reading, tweeting, surfing. It’s been overwhelming at times, but so entertaining. I’ve connected to other authors, editors, agents, publishers, and more on Twitter, started this little blog, and found dozens of great articles all about not only the craft, but also the business of creating a novel. I read this one today and it was very helpful.
This week I have learned about:
Small Press Publishing
Offset Printing vs. Print On Demand vs. Small Batch Printing
Author Royalties, Wholesale Discounts, and Returnable Books
YA vs. NA vs. Adult (still a little fuzzy on some of that, there is conflicting info out there!)
The Querying Process (before I started this venture, querying to mean meant starting a sentence with SELECT * FROM)
I still have so much to learn about this process and so much more work to do.