|Stacy Jensen and I|
In the virtual world of writing, we make lots of friends. Fellow bloggers, Twitter followers, forum members, and many more. But what's really fun is when you get to meet some of them in person.
This past weekend I attended the Pikes Peak Writers Conference(which I'm now recovering from). It's a great conference, even if you're from out of state. Agents and editors vie for invites to this conference, since it has a reputation for collecting good writing in one place.
One top agent, with 35 years of experience in the business, said that out of all the conferences she's attended over the years, this one produces the best writing. And PPW runs a fantastic contest each year (deadline in early November) that gives writers fantastic feedback on their submissions. This year I was thrilled to place second in the YA category.
One of the highlights at the conference was meeting Stacy Jensen. We "met" on our blogs by commenting back and forth, and it was so nice to be able to visit in person. When I waited to do my pitch to an agent, Stacy was there, offering wonderful calmness and support. Check out her blog, Writing Through My Life.
I also happened across another reader, though we had never "met" online. When talking with fellow contest finalist Amanda Hosch, I gave her one of my business cards. She took a look at it and said, "Writing While the Rice Boils! I've read your blog!" Amanda has a blog of her own, which I'm looking forward to reading.
Both of these mom writers are working hard at finding time to write, even though they have small children. It's amazing to see how to find time in the middle of crazy days.