Saturday, November 4, 2017

Minutes from November 2017 meeting

November 4, 2017

Minutes from the November 2017 meeting

Twenty five attendees yet again at our November 2, 2017 meeting! President Sally Handley sure knows how to get and keep our interest, and this month our guest speaker was acclaimed author Susan Crawford.

Susan summarized her path to publication, including the up and downs of getting an agent. She got a lot of rejections, but never fear—she ended up with a fabulous and renowned agent. How? Susan made the effort ot edit her debut novel, The Pocket Wife, as her agent suggested. But all her hard work and flexibility paid off. The Pocket Wife went to auction, and Susan landed a 6-figure contract and a 2-book deal with major publisher, Harper Collins!

But Susan’s presentation didn’t focus solely on the “business” aspect of writing, and instead she then offered us her sage writing advise. Do NOT kill your darlings, as we are always told. Instead, be confident in those moments when we are channeling our characters and be hesitant to over-revise those moments of inspiration. “Don’t think, write,” she repeated several times.

An inspiring evening!

And don’t forget, our annual holiday bash will be Sunday, December 17th at 2:00. Mark those calendars and see ya’ then!

Respectfully Submitted,

Cindy Blackburn

Secretary, Upstate Sisters in Crime