Another edition of When Words Collide wound down and I left the conference with renewed energy for reading, writing and everything books! A genuine melding of book lovers, this conference is for readers and writers. Authors read and editors gushed.
Laksa Media launched two books, The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound and Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Other publishers which held readings and/or introduced line ups included Coffin Hop Press, Analemma Books, Five Rivers Publishing, Edge Publishing, Evil Alter Ego Press, and Pulp Literature, among others.
For those who can’t help themselves but write, there are up to 11 sessions each hour that include:
- pitches to editors and agents
- presentations on plot, character, and world building
- the business of writing such as social media, hiring editors, and publishing
- live action slushes
- blue pencil cafes where authors and editors provide feedback on a portion of your manuscript
- question and answer sessions with authors
- and so many others!
At When Words Collide, I can’t stop myself from buying books. This year, I was going to buy one, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression from Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglosi. Hahahaha! That was never going to happen. What I actually bought was The Emotion Thesaurus along with:
Publishers and editors were even kind enough to listen to writer after writer pitch their manuscript. My first pitch two years ago was nerve wracking but this time I found myself less nervous and able to talk without a script. Three even asked for a look! Now I must put my manuscript through yet another round of editing.
Lady luck had me in her sights and I attended a workshop with David B. Coe to improve my writing. What a great workshop! It was a Clarion style workshop where my fellow participants read my work and provided feedback. Now, I have direction and an outline for what I need to do to improve my first chapter. How could I not love this conference? #wwcyyc17 I can’t wait for #wwcyyc18!