But then , I shoved it all aside and called in a couple favors and voila, found myself sitting in the public library conference room from 9-4 on a Saturday. Yup, that was another drawback. I wasn’t sure I could sit still that long and just listen. My college and grad school days are LONG gone. And I wasn’t so awesome at making it to and sitting through classes then either.
Not only was C. Hope Clark inspiring and interesting, she also gave me a boatload of tips about how to find funds to keep on writing and actually maybe possibly contribute to my family’s finances. She gave out lists and lists and links and links of sites to check out for grants, contests, freelancing, jobs, and more. Her advice to stick with it until something works was just what I needed to hear.
And then she covered how to revise your first draft in detail. She broke it down into steps that I could actually make into a checklist of sorts.
I’ve been to big ticket conferences in New York, and middle-sized state conferences, and free lectures, book signings, craft seminars, webinars, etc. This was by far the best one. It covered a huge span of information and I didn’t check my watch once. C. Hope Clark did not read the hand-outs to us, which is a serious pet peeve of mine, if I wanted something read to me then I ‘d commit a crime (ba-dah-dum-dum). Anyway, I didn’t fidget or fake a coughing attack, or even daydream. I actually sat and absorbed what she was saying with my interest at a strong level the entire time. I couldn’t wait to get back to my trusty laptop.
Of course as I sit here and type on said laptop, her debut novel is on my bed stand, taunting me with it’s incredibly soft cover (I petted it while I drove) and it’s tempting tag line, ‘A killer wants to make certain she buys the farm’ . Yeah, I better power off and dig in to this mystery.
As a thanks for all she shared today, here’s a quick plug for C. Hope Clark’s first Carolina Slade Mystery Lowcountry Bribe. Buy it on amazon.com or check out her website www.FundsforWriters.com or www.chopeclark.com.