by Pat Stoltey
By now, all the followers of this blog should know about the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference. If you plan to attend, I hope to see you there. If you're not going this year, you'll miss a lot of good stuff. Here's what I'm going to do:
1. Attend the Friday morning master class in Contracts and Copyrights: How to Read and Understand a Publishing Deal taught by practicing attorney Susan Spann
2. Work a two-hour shift at registration in the early afternoon
3. Attend the Novel Idea Follies before dinner
4. Cruise the Friday night book sale as a fan and buy lots of books
5. Pitch my new suspense novel to an agent on Saturday morning
6. Attend as many workshops and panels as I can squeeze into the schedule, especially the agent and editor panels
7. Talk to as many people as possible, make a bunch of new friends, and catch up with old friends
8. Remind members that I write a monthly "What's New from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers?" post for Chiseled in Rock blog, so they need to let me know about their new releases.
9. Enjoy the much-anticipated speeches from authors Allison Brennan and Bernard Cornwell and our RMFW Writer of the Year, Robin Owens.
10. Hmmm. What did I forget?
Oh, yes. I'll eat...and maybe even drink a little. There's the Italian Buffet on Friday night, and drinks and snacks in the Hospitality Room. I'll attend the awards banquet on Saturday, enjoy three breakfasts in the restaurant (must have my oatmeal and toast), Saturday lunch on our own (most likely at Panera Bread across the road from the hotel), and the Sunday farewell luncheon.
For those attending, what do you look forward to the most?
For those who are not signed up, it's too late to register for the master classes or the Friday afternoon critique workshops, but you can still join us for the rest of the conference. You'll have a great time.