Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ten Things I'm Going to Do At Colorado Gold

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.


Giles Hash said...

I'm looking forward to the opportunity to pitch to an agent in person. I've been practicing, and I signed up for the agent-pitch master class!

I'm also stoked for the workshops I'm attending. I spent a few hours on Saturday going over the schedule and printing up workshop notes for the classes I want to attend (I don't have a computer that will work on its battery, so I need hard copies).

I'm also looking forward to meeting so many people! :D

irishoma said...

Sounds like a great conference. Wish I lived closer.
Donna V.

Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Sounds like a terrific conference, and I hope you'll have a wonderful time!

Jan Morrison said...

oh, I wish I was there! But I am going to do a pitch at our Word on the Street in a couple of weeks - best get at it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like a full weekend - enjoy, Patricia!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Good luck with your pitch, Giles.

And for the rest of you folks, I'll keep you posted on my own agent pitch results.

One of the many workshops I plan to attend is a two-hour session on police procedures. I have a lot to learn.

j.a. kazimer said...

Hmmm...I think you forgot one thing...Watchout for Pat dacing on the tables after her 'little' drink. :)

Can't wait to hear about the master class with Susan.

Anna said...

I attended the Police Procedure session last year. It was one of my favorites. It had lots of useful information and was hilarious!

Edna Pontillo said...

It doesn't look like you've left anything out AND it looks like you will have such a good time! Good luck at your pitch session.

Patricia Stoltey said...

LOL, Julie. My old knees won't even let me get up on a table, much less dance there. A happy dance in the elevator after my pitch session is a possibility though. And that could be from joy, or just relief that it's over...

Anna, I'm really looking forward to to it. And hilarious makes it even more inviting.

Thanks, Edna. I hope I haven't left anything out, but I reckon I'll be totally pooped when I get home on Sunday.

j. a. kazimer said...

Hey Pat: we'll take you dancing any way we can get it! Good luck on the pitch. Excited to celebrate with you.

Susan Spann said...

Can't wait to see you there! Your schedule looks a lot like mine - except that I'll be a bit farther forward in the room during Contracts & Copyrights...in fact, right at the front. Hopefully everyone enjoys the class as much as I am looking forward to teaching it.

I'm anticipating every minute of the conference, from the time the plane lands on Thursday until Sunday (which comes WAY too soon, trust me on that). Last year's conference was one of the best I've attended, and I've been waiting all year for September to roll around again.

See everyone there!

Marlena Cassidy said...

I really wish I could go. I hope you have fun, Patricia!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Julie, I can line dance and square dance too...at least on the days my knees are cooperating.

Susan -- I'm so excited about the master classes. Can't wait!

Hi Marlena -- I wish you could go too. Writers conferences motivate and energize. All writers should try to attend one every other year or so (even if they have to give up lattes and shopping trips for a whole year to save the money).