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A Rally of Writers: April 14 in Lansing

I'm going on a writing retreat next month!

It will begin on April 14 with A Rally of Writers, a full-day conference held annually right in my neighborhood, sponsored by Lansing Community College (one of the best community colleges in the United States, ahem!). I've attended once a few years ago, pre-baby and pre-pregnancy, and it was a very cool and inspiring experience. However, I was (I believe) the second youngest writer at the whole event; most of the authors and aspiring authors there had waited until RETIREMENT to finally write their novels. There were less than five other women under 40, and the average attendee was probably 65.

I vowed not to let that happen to me--I mean, writing books after retirement is awesome, don't get me wrong, but I don't want to wait that long to get started.

This year, it appears that the Rally is refreshed and updated with workshops on the new bookselling markets and other information helpful for those of us trying to jump start a real career. There is also a professional manuscript review of 10 pages. I submitted the first ten pages of Briars and Black Hellebore, and I plan to post on the advice they give me.

After the conference, I will spend an entire "vacation" week from my day job pounding out that book. It's been nearly impossible to spend a lot of time on my novel during the whole childbearing thing, so I expect this to be a powerful opportunity to move closer to the agent/editor/publisher seeking phase.

I am so excited! Do you live in mid-Michigan? Come and see me at the rally!


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    1. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe we should bring Pigasus Pen flyers. Or pens with the web address! Seriously!!!

  2. I'm super bummed I didn't see this sooner! I work ALL day tomorrow. I would have loved to come! Have fun for me, will ya?

    1. OK, done! I won the grand door prize, having a character named after me in an upcoming Loren Estleman novel. You'll have to come next year and help us pull down the age demographics.


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