Last weekend I attended the Novelists, Inc.
Conference in New York. I am still processing all the great ideas and information. What a fantastic conference, and well worth the time and money!
This was my fourth NINC conference, and the first one I've been able to get to in New York. All of the conferences I've attended have been great. I think this one beat the rest, though. They just keep getting better every time. For someone who intends to make a career out of writing novels, this is a terrific group. Not only do you get to meet lots of wonderful writers (like Mary Jo Putney
, Rebecca York
, and Laura Resnick
), you also meet industry professionals who have great information to share.
I had the pleasure of meeting my editor, Liz Scheier
, who is lovely and gracious. Six degrees of separation came into play when I discovered she already knew my travel buddy and roommate, Pari Noskin Taichert
, from a Southwest Writers Workshop conference years ago.Theresa Rebeck
was our keynote speaker, delightfully entertaining. She talked about her own writing experiences, and boy could we relate! (There's a fun interview with her
on the NINC website.)
Sessions included panels with agents, publishers, editors, and publicity professionals. Writer and publisher Lou Aronica gave a fantastic presentation to cap the conference. He brought some things into focus that I had been trying to understand for years. I'm still absorbing what he talked about, and I'm going to be making some changes here in the blog because of it.
This is not a conference for aspiring writers. It's for experienced writers, and that makes all the difference.