My one-sheet for Cat Lady is ready, though not as fancy as the one for Give the Lady a Ride because I don’t expect to sell an unfinished manuscript. Everyone said to get an editor/agent interview to practice pitching, so I decided to at least do the log-line and the one-sheet. I’d already set myself up with a couple of agents I’ve been in contact with over this past year–Sandra Bishop of the MacGregor Literary Agency and Terry Burns of the Hartline Agency (although my contact with him was through PYP, and not as an agent but as an author–which reminds me: Keep an eye out for his A Writer’s Survival Guide to Getting Published, currently in its final stages of production). I can’t really say that my pitch is polished yet, but if all else fails, I’ll just visit with them awhile, which is all I had in mind when I set the appointments.
Since I missed the 2008 conference when Ride was a finalist, I decided to go for the gusto this time and indulge in everything the conference has to offer–back-to-back courses, the Early Bird Session, continuing ed classes, and of course, the banquet, when I’ll discover how The Cat Lady’s Secret fared in the Genesis Contest. If by some wild chance–or grace of God–I win, I’ll have to come up with a thirty-second speech on the fly. That’s one thing that simply won’t get done ahead of time.
What I’m looking forward to most, though, is Saturday night supper at Weber’s Grill with some folks from CW.com who are also members of ACFW. Since it took me so long to figure out how to get around in ACFW, I’m closer to the CW crowd and can’t wait to meet them in person.
So much to organize and prepare! Arranging for house sitters, packing, preparing for the flight. Do I have enough business cards? Should I pack a coat? How much cash should I bring along?
Quite a few of these questions were answered on the ACFW conference-newbie loop, so I know I have to have plenty of one dollar bills for tipping and such, but because the conference will take up the bulk of my time there, I don’t know whether I’ll need any more cash than that–I simply won’t have time to go anywhere to spend it! Of course, if it turns out that I do, I can always use a credit card. That’s why God invented ’em, right?
They’re going to have a bookstore at the conference featuring the published works of our members. I do not dare go into that hall of temptation! I couldn’t afford to get them all home!
If I’m absent from my Place for awhile, forgive me. I’m not taking Mr. Puter with me on this trip. But I’ll be happy to fill everyone in when I get back!