On July 31st, I got off from work, came home, and prepared for the next three days which I would spend talking with people, sitting on classes, and pitching my novel, Brick Walls, at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference.
I attended the teen write on the first day. Nine different people spoke and I got to interact with fellow teen writers. My first appointment of the weekend went great and the editor asked me to e-mail her my proposal and first three chapters. Later at dinner, a publisher who saw my meeting found me and sat at my table. He wanted to know how my appointment went. That was pretty cool and got me excited for the next day.
I had three appointments the next day, and two of them were back to back time slots. One editor loved my story, but didn’t accept fiction. (oops, some of my hours of research slipped : ) One agent asked me to submit to her agency and prayed with me before I left. Her fellow agent also joined me for dinner. The last agent wanted my chapters and invited me to lunch. She has since then requested my full manuscript.
Going into the last day, I was pretty tired. My dad got a map of the conference and my schedule, and he intercepted me in the halls periodically throughout the day to bring me coffee. Isn’t he awesome! I had another meeting which also went great. She asked me to submit to her publisher as well.
I had a very positive experience and I learned something from all the classes I went to. Conferences really are a great place to meet agents and editors, and I encourage teen writers to find one to go to. ~Alyson