Saturday, August 3, 2013

Mugshots from the Willamette Writers Conference

Today, as I was yesterday, and as I'll be again tomorrow, I'm at the Willamette Writers Conference helping wannabe authors hone and deliver their pitches. For several of us this has become a yearly ritual, and, aside from being strenuous mental exercise, it's a heck of a lot of fun.

Under the able leadership of Jackie Blain, the Savvy Scribe, we listen to pitches for just about every kind of book and film you can imagine (yes, even that kind), assimilate the info, and assist folks in crafting it into a concise, coherent, and hopefully catchy message. Sometimes it's easy. Other times it's like one of the Labors of Hercules. Either way, we do it in about fifteen minutes, send our customer off to face the agents, and start all over with someone else.

Here's a pictorial tribute to some of the members of this year's Pitch Practice team, complete with links to more info. Note the looks of intense concentration, wide-eyed wonder, utter astonishment or unutterable horror, as they case may be.

The Right Reverend Cap'n Bob Napier

Yours Truly (gesturing hypnotically)

1 comment:

Lisa Alber said...

Yo, great shots! I'm going to link back from a post I'm writing...:-)