I don't have my head in the clouds, either. Pragmatism and realistic expectations are the catch words for the day. I DON'T expect to meet the agent of my dreams and have him or her drop dead at my feet over my projects. I also DON"T expect to have my writing career unfold before my eyes with just an attendance at a conference. I think I'm being totally realistic with the following take-aways I want to have:
- I hope to meet other writers in the same circumstance as me, writing, looking for an agent, not yet published, but ever hopeful.
- I hope at least to make the acquaintance of some agents and additionally hope to leave them with a remembrance of me, having made a great first impression.
- I hope to learn more about the craft of writing than I thought imaginable.
See? Completely realistic.
Another exciting thing today: Chuck Sambuchino has announced a new contest on his I-Can't-Live-Without-It blog: www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog called the Sixth Annual "Dear Lucky Agent Contest" and the genre is soooo in my kitchen: paranormal romance and urban fantasy: Hello! That is my middle name. I am going to submit right away, and you should too!
My next posts will be about the conference. And even though I am remaining so maturely realistic and all, it won't kill me if you cross your fingers or light a candle or say a prayer for me. I'll do the same for you. Here we go!