Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Conference Notes

The LDStorymakers Conference was amazing. I learned so much and it was great to see so many people all as excited as me about writing. It was fun to meet people in person, too.

The hotel was very nice, except there was much too much chlorine in the pool. My poor kids and husband all looked like their eyes were going to explode, but they loved every minute of it. I appreciated the nice big rooms and that we were able to have a connecting room.

I learned so much from the internet promotion class that Tristi Pinkston and Candace Salima taught. I'd heard about podcasting, but learned about how to do my own. We were also shown movie trailers about books by a new company. They showed us James Dashner's book promo movie and it was cool. They also showed us an interview with Candace that turned out great. It seems to be a new way to advertise books. What will they think of next?

I also learned a lot from Jaime Theler and Shirley Bahlmann about writing nonfiction. They were both entertaining and informative.

I enjoyed listening to Jessica Day George. She is hilarious. I loved her presentation.

It was so exciting to attend the Whitney Awards and hear who won. Josi Kilpack made me have tears and so did Michele Holmes. I was so excited for both of them and for Heather Moore. The dinner was delicious and it was great to see Dean Hughes, Jennie Hansen, and Anita Stansfield receive awards for all they've contributed to LDS fiction. All in all, the Whitney gala was exceptional.

It was well worth the six hour drive to attend the conference. I absolutely enjoyed every second of it.


Tristi Pinkston said...

We had a huge outbreak of a viral illness in this area from people swimming in pools (mostly from people urinating in them - yeah, gross) so the pools are really going overtime to try to keep it from happening again. Sorry about the eyes!

And thanks again for use of the laptop!

Karlene said...

It was so good to meet you in person. There was just not enough visiting time at the conference. Next time we should all come a day early just to meet and greet. :)

Rachelle said...

I completely agree. I loved the conf. It was great to see you and so fun to see you signing your books. You rock! I'm wanna be like you someday!