We started the Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference in Seattle with stories of success. Months ago, after some back and forth with PNWA President Pam Binder, I put in two ideas for presentations at this year’s conference, hoping perhaps one would be selected. They asked for both, a a panel of authors highlighting recent PNWA success stories, and a workshop entitled “The Power of Perseverance.” I thought I could speak about perseverance, given the long years I had worked before I got this book published.
Our Success Stories panel opened the conference first thing Thursday morning. And since it was the only session, we spoke to a packed room of authors eager to hear our stories, with a lively Q&A session afterwards. As designer of the presentation I had the privilege of moderating, as well as telling my own story. From l to r, our panel includes Richard Hacker, Ethan Reid, me, Tracy Weber, Andie Newton, Stephanie Joyce Cole, and Jared John Smith. Everyone did a super job.
It was a great conference. My agent Rita Rosenkranz was there, and she and I had some wonderful visits. On Friday at the Agent Panel–one of the best attended sessions at the conference–Rita set my book in front of her and told the huge crowd about it when her turn came. She even dressed in colors coordinating with the book cover. Delightful! None of the other agents displayed books as she did.
For the rest of the conference everyone seemed to know about my book and me. A thrilling experience. We had good sales at the conference bookstore. And I met many enthusiastic people who found inspiration from my presentations, which was especially gratifying.
My thanks to Ethan for sending me this photo.