Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday's Muse~Boys With Swords

Last week my antagonist went through a massive character arc where he turned out a completely different person in the end. Those have got to be the most interesting arcs to write. I loved his journey as much as the destination, more probably. Of course my protagonist was right in the middle of it all, growing and changing but last week it was the antagonist's arc that commanded by time and attention. And when I picture the guy like this can you blame me for having so much fun writing him? ;)

I finished reading Across The Universe on the airplane back from San Francisco. It was a great story and I would recommend it for teens and adults. There appeared to be one gaping hole in the plot but I'm confident that it wasn't a hole at all. I have faith it is a plot twist that will rear its head in a second book. If you like sci-fi or just a great story buy it, read it, you will enjoy it! Now I'm reading The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney and I'm really enjoying it. I love Karen's writing style and character development. I'm totally sucked in. It doesn't hurt that the cover is beautiful, inside and out!

So tell me, do you have as much fun working on character arc as you do story arc? What have you read recently that you enjoyed? By the way, the picture if from the movie A Knight's Tale starring the late, great Heath Ledger.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Gatekeeper Discovery Writer's Award

Thanks to the tweet of one of the fabulous editors at Simon Pulse, Anica Rissi, I discovered The Gatekeeper Discovery Writers Award. It is a contest for young adult writers with a $500 prize. But that isn't the real prize. Getting read by the fantastic board of judges is! Check out who is on the board:

Barbara Lalicki (SVP and Editorial Director at HarperCollins Childrens)
Anne Schwartz (VP & Publisher of Schwartz & Wade Books/Random House)
Alvina Ling (Executive Editor, Little, Brown)
Karen Lotz (President & Publisher, Candlewick Press)
Selena James (Executive Editor, Dafina Books)
Anica Rissi (Executive Editor · Simon Pulse)
Sarah Shumway (Senior Editor Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)
Jean Feiwel (Senior VP and Director, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
Jennifer Klonsky (Editorial Director, Simon Pulse)
Claudia Gabel (Senior Editor at Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)
Evette Porter (Editor, Kimani Tru / Harlequin)
Andrew Karre (Editorial Director, Carolrhoda Books)
Sarah Barley (Associate Editor, HarperCollins Children’s)
Kendra Levin (Associate Editor, Viking Books)
Nancy Mercado (Executive Editor, Roaring Brook Press)
Brendan Deneen (Editor, Thomas Dunne Books)
Nancy Conescu (Executive Editor, Dutton Children’s)
Jill Santopolo (Executive Editor, Philomel Books/Penguin)
Greg Ferguson (Editor, Egmont)
Melissa Frain – (Associate Editor, Tor/Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen)

Tina Wexler (Literary Agent, ICM Talent)
Sara Megibow (Literary Agent, Nelson Agency)
Caryn Wiseman (Literary Agent, Andrea Brown Literary)
Jenny Bent (Literary Agent, The Bent Agency)
Ann Behar – (Literary Agent, Scovil Galen Literary)
Brenda Bowen (Literary Agent, Sanford J. Greenburger)
Jen Rofe (Literary Agent, Andrea Brown)
Stephen Fraser (Literary Agent, Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency)
Suzie Townsend (Literary Agent, FinePrint Literary Management)
Jessica Sinsheimer (Literary Agent, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency)
Alyssa Eisner Henkin (Literary Agent,Trident Media Group)
Andrea Somberg (Literary Agent, Harvey Klinger Inc.)
Stephen Barbara (Literary Agent,Foundry Literary + Media)
Tamar Rydzinski (Literary Agent, Laura Dail Literary Agency)
Irene Kraas (Literary Agent, Kraas Literary Agency)
Sara Crowe (Literary Agent, Harvey Klinger Inc.)
Elana Roth (Literary Agent,Johnson Literary)
Mary Kole (Literary Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency)
Jamie Weiss Chilton (Literary Agent, Andrea Brown Literary)
Amy Tipton (Literary Agent, Signature Literary)
Kevan Lyon (Literary Agent, Marsal Lyon Literary)
Leticia Gomez (Literary Agent, Savvy Literary)
Laurie McLean (Literary Agent, Agents Savant)
Jodie Rhodes (Literary Agent, Jodie Rhodes Literary)
Christina Hogrebe (Literary Agent, Janet Rotrosen Agency)
Helen Breitwieser (Literary Agent, Cornerstone Literary)
Mark W. McVeigh (Literary Agent, The McVeigh Agency)
Catherine Drayton (Literary Agent, Inkwell Management)
Lydia Willis (Literary Agent)
Jessica Regel (Literary Agent, JVNLA)
Madeline Buston (Literary Agent, Darley Anderson)
Faye Bender – (Literary Agent, Bender Literary)
Alexandra Machinist – (Literary Agent, Linda Chester Literary Agency)
Chris Richman – (Literary Agent, Upstart Crow Literary)
Wendy Schmalz – (Literary Agent, Schmalz Agency)

If you have a completed young adult manuscript drop by Wattpad and register to put your entry in. Or just drop by and read the fantastic entries. Mine is here. If you enjoy it I'd love your vote! You can both 'like' it (Facebook) and vote but only the votes count toward getting the entry in the finals. You don't have to register at Wattpad, you can log in with a Facebook account or a Twitter account to cast your votes. Best of luck to everyone who enters! Hurry the deadline is March 30th.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pitching In 25 Words Or Less

Pitching is a big part of many conferences and the San Francisco Conference was no exception. You had to be ready all the time because people everywhere were casually asking what your book was about and many times they were agents or editors. Luckily the first day there I attended agent Katherine Sands session on How To Entice An Agent In 25 Words Or Less. Here is what I gleaned from her lecture.

*A yes is based on excitement.
*Communicate what you're offering that is unique, fresh, and interesting.
*Place, Person, Pivot (or problem) must be present in the pitch.
*Don't be general, vague, or say it's boring or cliche. Show sparks and elements.
*There must be a takeaway, something the person listening will remember.
*If you have special experience or qualifications to write the book then say it.
*Share your energy and excitement over your novel.
*Remember this is the introduction to you as an author~not just your book.
*The hook at the heart of your book must come across.
*Don't mention series yet, make them care about this book first.

Though Katherine doesn't represent my genre I still learned a lot about pitching from her. No matter what you're pitching, the same elements must come across. These points are all things to think about in a query letter as well as a pitch.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Twitter Tuesday~Conference Notes

Last week I didn't make it onto Twitter much because of being so busy with conferences. So instead of tweets I'm going to give you my notes from a session by Simon Pulse editor Emilia Rhodes that I attended titled Young Adult Paranormal Market.

Paranormal is, "Anything that cannot be explained by the confines of reality."
Paranormal, "It's an umbrella term."
"Despite myself I found myself falling in love with the brooding bad boys whether they have a beating heart or not."
"There's always going to be a place for a story with good heart."
"One of the biggest draws of the parnormal is that it's sexy."
"The universal feeling of being a teen is that you don't fit in."
On location, time, "You can go wherever you want so take advantage of it."
"If I can read twenty five pages of your book and tell you how it's going to end it's probably going to be a rejection."

You can find Emilia on Twitter where she often imparts such wisdom and much more. Just click on her name for a link. Editors are great people to follow there because you can learn a lot about the industry, what's hot, and what's not. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday's Muse~San Francisco Conference

My muse last week was the San Francisco Writers Conference. It was all the good things I'd heard about it and so much more. This first picture is the view from my room at night. I'm not a city girl but it's hard not to be inspired by so much life and activity. My first impression of coming in to San Francisco is that these people are afraid of the dark. I've never seen so many lights, and no I haven't been to Vegas but I have been to Reno. ;)

The conference was big but the presenters (agents, editors, and authors) made themselves very accessible the entire time. There was a wonderful cocktail party where I had the chance to chat with agents Laurie McClean, Donald Maass, Jill Marsal and more. I was delighted to meet and hang out with my Twitter buddy Carol Valdez who in turn introduced me to Shannon Messenger. The two of them took great care of me during the conference and were sweet as could be. I also had the chance to meet agent Vickie Motter who's blog I am a huge fan of, not to mention she is kind as could be. Guess what, even better in person!

There was the Ask A Pro session where we had the chance to either pitch to an editor or ask them a question. I sat at the table of Annette Pollert, editor of Simon Pulse and had the chance to not only pitch to her, but to absorb all the wonderful information she was so gracious to dish out to us all. Agent Speed Dating was NOT the nightmare I imagined it to be. Seriously, it wasn't! We were all let into a big room and told to line up in front of the agents we wanted to pitch to and to choose carefully in case there wasn't enough time. There was plenty of time though and there was little to no pressure. I pitched to Laurie McClean, who I have been a bit of a fangirl of for years and just now felt I had something good enough to send to, Ilse Craane of Bookstop Literary, and the fabulous Vickie Motter of Andrea Hurst Literary. I'm beyond thrilled to say there were requests all around.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

San Francisco Writers Conference

This weekend I'm off to San Francisco for the writer's conference. Yep, another one. I know, I know, I just got back from the last one! One of my resolutions for this year is to continue to improve my craft and to network by attending workshops, retreats, and conferences. It's more than that though. I'm dedicating 2011 to finding the right agent and/or editor and I'm a firm believer in the power of meeting people in person. As you might have noticed by the link close to the bottom of my sidebar I've finally joined the SCBWI (Society Of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) and thanks to a Twitter friend in April I'll be attending the SCBWI conference in Washington. I'll tell you all about that one in April.

What made me choose the San Francisco Writer's Conference this month was not only its excellent reputation but the fact that several friends of mine recommended it. It's a big conference with a lot of big name authors, agents, and editors. There will be breakout sessions and lectures by great people, an opportunity to pitch to editors or ask them questions, and agent speed dating. I will admit, the last one sounds a bit like torture, for them and me. Though I am excited to meet Laurie McClean, a sci-fi/fantasy agent whom I've respected for some time now. You can check out her excellent blog here if you like. If I'm lucky I might even run into a few of my friends from Twitter.

I'll share pictures with you and tell you all about it when I get back! If you're attending leave me a comment and I'll try to find you and say hi.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Twitter Tuesday~New Agents & More

If you're in search of an agent or plan to be soon then you don't want to miss these tweets! Writer's Digest starts us off with an introduction to a new agent at Writers House:
@WritersDigest New lit agent seeks kids books, adult fiction, memoir and more: Stephen Barr of Writers House

If you're confident that your novel is polished to a high sheen and is ready for a publisher then you don't want to miss this list of publishers who accept unagented submissions that Jolina Joy put together for us:
@Jolina_Joy Publishers That Accept #Writers Without #Agents: (via @BubbleCow) #publishing #pubtip #writing #amwriting #authors #books

Super agent Deirdre Knight of The Knight Agency gives us a rare opportunity for a critique:
@DeidreKnight I'm excited to be on board with Brenda Novak's auction later this year! I'll be auctioning off a couple of critiques.

Writer's Digest points out the frightening fact that the reason we're not getting representation might not be our query letter:
@WritersDigest Stuck on your query letter? Here's one agent's take on how to tell if the problem is your query or (gulp) your story:

Awesome agent Weronika Janczuk introduces us to the new agent at the agency she's with and shares lets us know how her accepted genres are changing:
@WeronikaJanczuk New blog post! D4EO Welcomes New Agent & Expands Kidlit Interests!: I'm excited to share that there's a new age...

The ever helpful editor from Egmont lets us in on how long to wait before nudging an editor:
@EgmontGal Someone asked how long to wait before nudging an editor who has ms?I say 12 weeks, then nudge again 6 later, then move on.Others? #AskYAed

Best of luck to any of you who submit to the new agents listed above! I hope you found these tweets helpful.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday's Muse~Love Complications

As you might have guessed from the picture, things are heating up for my main character, in both good and bad ways. Happy as this moment seems, a bit of a triangle looms, complicating things. This is the point in the story where her character really starts to arc. Things are happening that will change her forever and she is going to have to make a few really tough decisions. This is probably one of my favorite parts of the novel writing process, when the character starts to reach deeper depths and starts to change or grow.

Across The Universe is still the read that's feeding my muse. I'm about halfway through it and so far I would recommend it. It's on the edgier side of young adult so it may not be for everyone but it's definitely for me! I'm hoping to finish it later this week when I fly to San Francisco for the writer's conference there.

The music that kept my muse sated was Maired Nesbit's The Setting Sun. If you like celtic music you'll enjoy her a lot. By the way, Happy Valentine's Day everyone! It was a total coincidence that I was working on this chapter last week, but a happy one! So tell me, do you enjoy working on your character's arc as you close in on the end of your novel or do you find it to be a chore? What inspired you this week?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2011 Debut Authors~The Elevensies

Last month I did a feature on the Class of 2K11 which is a group of debut authors. Continuing in that thread, I'd like to introduce you to the Elevesies, which is another group of young adult and middle grade authors debuting in 2011. Middle grade titles are in gray, YA title are in black and green (green for sci-fi/fantasy) My friends are all bold because hey, a girl has to support her friends ;) Here they are:
Warped a YA fantasy by Maurissa Guibord in January.
XVI a YA dystopian by Julia Karr in January.
Dogsled Dreams a MG novel by Terry Johnson in January.
Across The Universe a YA sci-fi by Beth Revis in January.
Vesper, A Deviant's Novel a YA paranormal by Jeff Sampson in January.
The Trouble With Half a Moon a MG novel by Danette Vigilante in January.
The Iron Witch a YA urban fantasy by Karen Mahoney in February.
The Map Of Me a MG novel by Tami Brown in February.
Haven a YA paranormal by Kristi Cook  in February.
Possum Summer a MG novel by Jen K Blom in March.
The End Of The Line a YA novel by Angela Ceritto  in March.
Clarity a YA paranormal by Kim Harrington  in March.
Like Mandarin a YA novel by Kirsten Hubbard  in March.
The Liar Society a YA novel by Sara & Laura Roecker in March. 
Shades of Gray a YA novel by Ruta Sepetys in March.
Enclave a YA dystopian by Ann Aguirre  in April.
The Year We Were Famous a YA novel by Carol Dagg  in April.
Kat, Incorrigable a MG novel by Stephanie Burgis  in April.
The Lipstick Laws a YA novel by Amy Holder in April.
Popular a YA novel by Alissa Grosso in May.
The Sweetest Thing a YA novel by Christina Mandelski in May.
Girl Wonder a YA novel by Alexa Martin in May.
Divergent a YA dystopian by Veronica Roth in May.
Aliens On Vacation a YA sci-fi by Clete Smith in May.
The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless a MG novel by Allan Woodrow in May.
How Lamar's Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy a MG novel by Crystal Allen in Spring. 
Flawless a YA novel by Laurie Chapman in Spring.
Momento Nora a MG sci-fi by Angie Smibert in Spring.
 The Gathering Storm a YA paranormal Robin Bridges in Summer.
Blood Magic a YA urban fantasy by Tessa Graten in Summer.
Wildefire a YA urban fantasy by Karsten Knight in Summer.
Luminous a YA paranormal by Dawn Metcalf in Summer.
My Soul To Reap a YA paranormal by Courtney Moulton in Summer.
The Pull Of Gravity a YA novel by Gae Polisner in Summer.
Sirenz a YA paranormal by Natalie Zaman & Charlotte Bennardo in Summer.
Possession a YA dystopian by Elana Johnson in June.
OyMG a YA novel by Amy Dominy in June.
The Revenant a YA paranormal by Sonia Gensler in June.
Hereafter a YA paranormal by Tera Hudson in June.
Moonglass a YA novel by Jessi Kirby in June.
Dead Rules a YA paranormal by Randy Russell in June.
Bad Taste In Boys a YA paranormal by Carrie Harris in July.
Bestest Ramadan Ever a YA novel by Medeia Sharif in July.
Vanished a YA novel by Sheela Chari in August.
Charlie Joe Jackson... a MG novel by Tommy Greenwald in August.
The Near Witch a YA paranormal by Victoria Schwab in August.
A Beautiful Dark a novel by Jocelyn Davies in Summer.
Breath Of An Angel a YA fantasy by Karyn Henley in Summer.
Witch Eyes a YA fantasy by Scott Tracey in Summer.
Bell Jar Summer a YA novel by Arlaina Tibensky in Summer.
The Princess & The Godstone a YA fantasy novel by Rae Carson in Fall.
Virtuosity a YA novel by Jessica Martinez in Fall.
Flyaway a YA novel by Helen Landalf in Fall.
With A Name Like Love a MG novel by Tess Hilmo in Fall.
My Unfairtytale Life a MG fantasy by Anna Staniszewski in Fall.
Mercy Lily a YA contemporary by Lisa Albert in October.
The Circle Cast a YA fantasy by Alex Epstein in October.
Audition a YA novel by Stasia Kehoe in Summer.
Dearly, Departed a YA steampunk by Lia Habel  in October.
The Faerie Ring a YA fantasy by Kiki Hamilton in October.
Anna Dressed In Blood a YA paranormal by Kendare Blake in September.
May B. a YA novel by Caroline Rose in September.
Rival a YA novel by Sarah Bennett Wealer in Winter.
Unearthly a YA paranormal by Cynthia Hand in Winter.
Illegal a YA novel by Bettina Restrepo in Winter.
Other Words For Love a YA novel by Lorraine Rosenthal in Winter.
So Shelly a YA novel by Ty Roth in Winter.
The Fourth Stall a MG novel by Chris Rylander in Winter.
Something Like Hope a YA novel by Shawn Goodman in December.
Teenie a YA novel by Christopher Grant in December.
Fetching a MG novel by Kiera Stewart in December.
Delany Collins, F.G. a YA urban fantasy by Kathy McCullough in 2011.

That is quite the list but I'm sure I know there are others out there who are debuting this year and may not be part of the Elevensies. If you know of any leave me a link and I'll be sure to add them. Congratulations to everyone who is debuting this year and best of luck!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dark And Stormy Blogfest Contest

Brenda Drake, writer, blogger, tweeter and all around amazing lady, is hosting the Dark And Stormy Blogfest Contest. A blogfest and contest, sounds interesting you say? Well yes, yes it is, especially since it includes the fabulous agent Weronika Janczuk. Check out Brenda's blog to see how it works and what the outstanding prizes are. Without further ado, here is my entry:

Name: Heather McCorkle
Title: The First Dragonwatcher
Genre: YA Fantasy

Chemier loved it when people ran, it made the hunt that much sweeter.

Monday's Muse~Going Back

This beautiful scene has always put me in the right mood for the novel I wrote last year. Why am I going backward to work on a novel that is finished and edited? Well, because a novel is never truly finished until it is sitting on the bookstore shelves. Last month at the San Diego State Writers' Conference I had an advanced reading session with a fabulous editor who gave me some incredibly helpful feedback. She said that with a bit of fine tuning my manuscript could be great.

Sometimes it takes someone with a sharp eye who is completely removed from the manuscript in any emotional way to point out where it needs improvement. That was exactly the case for my manuscript. The fixes were simple things that made me want to smack my forehead and cry out, "why didn't I see that?" So last week for the remainder of my vacation I've been applying the changes Fabulous Editor suggested to my entire novel. It is polished to a high sheen now and I feel really good about it. Which is important because Fabulous Editor said to contact her when I was finished. :-)

While editing the music that fed my muse was Avril Lavigne and Allison Iraheta. Those artists fit the mood for this novel so well for me. The book that is feeding my muse is Across The Universe by Beth Revis. I'm enjoying it so far and only wish I had more time to read! Any news on the literary front for you? What inspired you last week?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Best Read of 2010 Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered and spread the word about my Best Reads of 2010 contest. And now for the winners! We'll start with the winner of the best YA read of 2010. The winner is:
Kari chose Change Of Heart by Shari Maurer:

And the winner of the best adult novel I read in 2010 is:
Amie won Grave Witch by Kalayna Price:

Congratulations Amie and Kari I hope you enjoy the reads as much as I did. Those will be sent off to you as soon as you respond! For those who didn't win don't despair my Critique Sisters have put together a blog called the Critique Sisters Corner and we'll be hosting a great giveaway very soon. Be sure to click over and check us out so you can get your name in the pool for that giveaway. I hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February Featured Debut Author~Karen Mahoney

February's feature debut is Karen Mahoney, author of the young adult urban fantasy, The Iron Witch. First I'm dying to tell you a bit about this novel.

FREAK. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

I'm very pleased to welcome Karen Mahoney to Heather's Odyssey. Karen I see from your web site that you've been published in a few pretty prestigious anthologies alongside some impressive authors. I'm curious, what drove you to move on to a novel, in particular one about the fey?
Karen: Thank you very much for inviting me!

It was actually the other way around – even though it doesn’t seem that way, considering that the short stories/anthologies came first in terms of publishing. It’s a long story, but the short version is that I met Trisha Telep (editor of The Eternal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly) while she was working part time as the Romance buyer in an indie bookstore in London, and when she found out I’d just signed with my agent in New York (with The Iron Witch), she told me she had space in an anthology of YA vampire stories. Trisha gave me a huge break, and I’m so thankful to her for giving my writing a chance. Of course, she still had to LIKE whatever I sent her, but luckily for me she did! ;)

That is awesome! Trisha sounds amazing. Tell me, what was your favorite part of writing this novel?
Karen: The scenes between Donna and her best friend, Navin. They have such great chemistry and humour, those parts were a breeze – a lot of fun.

If they were fun for you to write then I can hardly wait to read them! Is there anything you can tell us about The Iron Witch that we may not know from your website?
Karen: Hmm… Good question. I could tell you that my teen vampire character, Moth (from the short stories), was originally a supporting player IN the novel. There was a whole subplot involving vampires, but during editorial revisions with my US publisher we actually took all of that out. The good thing about it, though, is that it ‘freed up’ Moth to star in her own novel – which I’ve now written and hope to sell one day. This is a great example of how difficult editorial decisions can end up benefitting you – if you give them a chance. I have no doubt that The Iron Witch is stronger for having the focus firmly on the alchemy and fey elements.

I hope you sell it too! I'd love to read Moth's story. I heard rumblings that we may be in for a sequel for The Iron Witch. Are you able to confirm that?
Karen: That is absolutely true! The Wood Queen should be out in early 2012. And we have just sold the third and final book, The Stone Demon, to Flux – which means that I get to tell my story as a trilogy, which is what I always wanted. I am very happy about this.

So am I! Whoo hoo! There is little I enjoy more than falling in love with characters and following them through a series. So what do you have in store for us after The Iron Witch series? (if you're able to answer)
Karen: I’m working on an adult urban fantasy novel, sort of on the side, but I have no idea if that will come to anything. Watch this space!

That would be great. I love all types of fantasy, adult or YA! I'm curious if there's anything in the publishing process that surprised you?
Karen: I think I knew a lot of what to expect because I blog with the Deadline Dames. I’ve learned a lot from the authors there – they’ve published dozens of books between them, and I was very lucky to be invited by Devon Monk. What an amazing source of information! We have a private Yahoo Group where we plot world domination… Um… I mean, where we talk about writing and publishing among ourselves. Heh.

Still, despite how well-prepared I felt, it’s pretty incredible how slooowly everything moves.

Ugh yes, the painfully slow crawl of publishing has to be tough! Any closing thoughts to leave us with?
Karen: Only to say that if there are any other aspiring authors reading this, hang in there and remember how slow things can be in publishing. Keep writing while you’re trying to find an agent, or while your book is out on submission to publishers, and build up a body of work that you can use later on. Don’t give up!

It's been a pleasure having you here Karen, thanks for joining us! I can hardly wait to see what you have in store for us next in the series. Hurry over here peeps to order The Iron Witch. And you can keep up with Karen's future endeavors here.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Twitter Tuesday~Conferences, Publishing, Contest & Revision

Last week I didn't make it onto Twitter much because I was either preparing for the conference or on my way to it. But I did catch a few tweets you won't want to miss. Like this one from agent Jennifer Laughran:
@literaticat Conference Tips pt. 2: How do I Pitch My Book? Do I even NEED to go to a conference? PLUS CHEWBACCA.

I love agent Natalie Fischer's outlook on the changing face of publishing. You have to read this:
@Natalie_Fischer Publishing isn't dead. Or dying. Just changing. -->

This is a priceless gathering of the best of the Writer's Digest conference that occured recently, curtesy of the fabulous Jane Friedman:
@JaneFriedman I've culled the best publishing advice & session recaps from the Writer's Digest Conference:  #wdc11

Editor Megan Records gives us an important reminder about editing:
@meganrecords Revising for an ed or agent? READ THIS FIRST:

Author Beth Revis (Across The Universe) gives us a heads up on a contest that is not to be missed:
@bethrevis This is a contest any aspiring writer should look into--a chance for an agent referral!

At the San Diego conference I met a lot of great new people to follow and I'm excited about how much they're going to enrich these Twitter Tuesday posts even more. Good things are on the way!