There were three sessions each morning, starting at 8 a.m. For each session we had a choice of several presentations by writers, marketing experts, financial experts, lawyers, publishers, agents, or screen writers. Fortunately there was a mid-morning break for some liquid and a cookie, granola bar, or yogurt. I chose the cookie.
There were three sessions each afternoon, again with a choice of several presentations or panel discussions. During my mid-afternoon break I chose an ice cream on a stick.
There was a dinner each of the two evenings I attended, with a keynote speaker or awards. Having walked for thirty minutes before each dinner, I felt righteous and ate a dessert at each - the carrot cake and chocolate mousse. I managed to waddle into my book signing for ELDERLY PARENTS WITH ALL THEIR MARBLES: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE KIDS.
However, extra poundage wasn't the only thing I gained from this Conference. The amount of information we gained was dizzying. Here are some of the presentations I attended:
"Sell Truckloads on Amazon"
"Change Your Characterizations through Syntax, Grammar, and Diction"
"What to Do and Not to Do in a Book Signing"
""Financials of Book Selling"
"Contracts and the Creative Process"
"How to Use Social Media to Sell Your Book"
"Using Writing Competitions to Advance Your Career"
|With Margie Miklas|
FWA Conference Lake Mary, Fla.
In addition to seeing old friends from my critique group, I also made new friends - one in particular. Her name is Margie Miklas, a recently-retired open-heart surgical nurse. She won an award at the Conference for her memoir of travels through Italy (my favorite place in the world). It's called MEMOIRS OF A SOLO TRAVELER: MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH ITALY, so check it out at www.margieinitaly.wordpress.com.
Now I've got to digest and absorb all the information. That goes for the food, too.