Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WINNER! And the Benefits of Writing Conferences!

WOW! How time flies. I first need apologize for being MIA the past two weeks. I was doing so well with my 'once a week' posts! But now I should be back on track!

First things first!!! Remember when I had the amazing Elizabeth Seckman over for a fun little interview and  giveaway? Yes, this is the one where we revealed our super secret double date with Thor and Gerard... (Sorry Tammy, he's mine!!!)  Well, Elizabeth was giving away a signed copy of one of her books (winners choice), and we finally have a winner!!!

Congratulations Leslie Rodriguez!!!

 I passed on your book choice to Elizabeth and the book is in the mail! ENJOY!

Now, I have to share some of the awesomeness from the LDS Storymakers Writing Conference last weekend. I'm sure you've seen tons of pictures, but don't miss out on mine! But first... let me give you my top 5 reasons to attend a writers conference.
  1. Motivation!!! Nothing gets your batteries recharged and your desire to finish that WIP like attending a conference!
  2. Friendships!!! Not only do you get to see all of your CP's and online buddies that you never get to see, but you also make new friends and build new relationships and networks. We all know that the writing community is the best. This is the perfect opportunity to meet even more of that community!
  3. Education!!! Obviously, you learn things. And even if it is stuff you already know, sometimes we need a refresher course. You'll either learn something new or remember something you forgot.
  4. Books & Authors!!! Not just books, but signed books! And how awesome is it to meet authors you love? Or possibly, become friends with an author you love? WHOOT!
  5. Opportunities!!! There is usually the opportunity to pitch your book to an agent or editor, take primer or boot camp courses, get feedback from the experts, and much, much more!!!
And here are some pictures from my favorite weekend of the year, so far! I love these people! And I'm bummed because I'm missing pictures of a few other fab peeps, but that's okay! Conferences are busy and wonderful!

Did I forget to mention that I was able to meet Orson Scott Card? Yeah! That doesn't happen everyday! AND, I also won a hashtag award where I won a new book, "Dynamic Characters", AND I was able to have dinner at the VIP table with all the agents and editors! It was unbelievably awesome! 

So tell me, what is one of your favorite reasons for attending writers conferences?


ilima said...

It was so fun seeing you! And it's impossible to get pics of everyone; I'll have to do better next year. :)

Cassie Mae said...

How am I only in one of these pics??? We needed to hang out WAY MORE this weekend

Kyra Lennon said...

I am so jealous of all the fun you guys had! One day, I'll be there with you!

Glad you had an awesome time, and got to mingle with agents and editors!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think you had the most fun taking photos! Glad you gained so much from the conference.

Rosalyn said...

I loved putting faces on people I've only met online (including you!)--and renewing my enthusiasm for writing. I'd love to hear how dinner at the agents/editors table went! So cool.

Kimberly said...

I love conferences too - I haven't been to one in awhile but all your reasons are right on the mark. :)

P.S. I have tried to follow your blog a few times and it keeps telling me there's a problem - I'll keep trying! :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Glad you had fun and learned a lot. These conferences look so amazing! I can't wait to go to one.

Trisha F said...

Awesome pics - looks like a smashing time! And that is pretty awesome you got to meet OSC.

I am mucho jealous of your weekend awesomeness! :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

It was such a great conference! Love all the pics. So good to see you again.

Stephanie Faris said...

I always tell new authors that the best thing they can do is find a writers group and attend conferences. They just give me a blank look--they don't get it. It's not just about learning--it's about growing together as a group and sharing your journey with other writers. They just want to be published and make money! That's fun, but it's nothing like having a great group of writer friends.

Cortney Pearson said...

SO great to see you and hang out for a few days!!! You're amazing! I love your list! SO many benefits of going to a conference, definitely. And you got some great pics too!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I would go just to hang out with Leigh and her sidekick Abby.

Morgan said...

Leigh Bee!!!!

Hi GORGEOUS! I've missed you!!! (You are looking ah-mazing, BTW…)

I'm SO SAD I missed you at the conference. Looking back, I'm kicking myself for not going. All the pics make me jealous :)

We TOTALLY need to get together. I would love that! <3

Anonymous said...

Great pics. I saw conference pics posted all over and it looks like an amazing time was had by all.

Mark Koopmans said...


I knew... I just knew that if I scrolled down and down I would find at least ONE picture of DPK and, of course, you didn't disappoint!!!

That lad... he is such a photo bomber :)

PS: Glad you had such an awesome time... I *love* conferences for the hanging-out-with-like-minded-folk reason the most :)

Adeeva Afsheen said...

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