Monday, November 15, 2010
Crime Bake 2010
Crime Bake was better than ever this year. Hundreds of writers (and readers) listened to authors talk about the craft. We attended master classes, seminars, author breakfasts, networking sessions at the bar, and even the Vampire Ball.
We Thin Ice authors did a group signing of the anthology as lots of fans passed their copies down the line.
I caught up with old friends and made new ones, even meeting another author, David Carkeet, who has written about a Linguistics professor and who went to the same grad school as I did (IU at Bloomington).
Dennis Lehane inspired us with something along the lines of, "Of the writers who started out when I did, the ones who succeeded did not whine, did not complain. They were determined to make it, and they did." I took that to heart, even though the agent I pitched to was not overly enthusiastic ("It's not really grabbing me. Send me five pages when you can...").
Now it's back to the revision job. I have some ideas for making Lauren's life more conflicted, darker. Should help.