I’ve been invited to be a presenter at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference (www.writersdigestconference.com). I was told that, remarkably, if I didn’t live in the NYC area they would have paid for my travel and hotel but since I do they will pay for nothing. Which kind of encapsulates my publishing career to date, actually.
I will be making the following presentation:
Title: Take Off Your Pants and Write! The Benefits and Pitfalls of Pantsing vs. Plotting a Novel
Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014, 2:40PM — 3:30PM
Naturally, you have questions. I have answers:
1. Why in god’s name does anyone think you should be impressing impressionable young writers?
Because I’ve published eight novels with number nine on the way and over thirty short stories. Also: I’m a damn fine good looking man and the world benefits when I appear in public.
2. What kind of wisdom will you be imparting?
As the title hints, it will all be pants-related. Also, a little bit about plotting your novels. But mainly pants stuff.
3. Will you bring a bottle of Scotch and pour everyone in the room a drink as you famously did at your Bouchercon presentation in 2010?
No, I learned my lesson from that debacle. A drunk audience is not better than a sober one. They are worse. So much worse.
SO! There you have it. I will be imparting my noveling wisdom to those in need. Or at least those who have not yet found better, smarter, younger mentors.