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Baghdad by the Bay Goes Bonkers for Books

February 23, 2011

…Well, at least for those who write them.

Last weekend was the 3 days of the San Francisco Writer’s Conference—not the 12 days of Christmas—but I am still here to sing its praises. And although it was quite the information overload—being an off-the-chart extrovert, it’s always about The People for me. So I’m ecstatic to report that I met:

–          7 Awesome Agents who anyone would dream of working with: Andy Ross, Jill Marsal, Katherine Sands, Kitty Cowles, Michael Larsen, Ted Weinstein, Verna Dreisbach

–          6 Distinguished Drivers (Toto, we’re definitely NOT in NYC…)—thanks to Intercontinental house car and DeSoto Cab

–          5 Magnificent Marketing and Technology Pros—which is great—as my Sue Sylvester costume might suggest, I’m “Glee”k—not a Geek: Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Philippa Burgess, Rusty Shelton, Stephanie Chandler, and Tee Morris

–          4 Excellent Editors: Alan Rinzler, Brenda Knight, Diane Gedymin, and Jan Johnson

–          3 Noble Non-fiction writers—besides seemingly following each other from class to class, we had a lot in common: fellow book clubber, Leslie Diane Poston; fellow book blogger, RaeLynn Fry; and fellow group dynamics expert, Shasta Nelson

–          2 Fabulous FaceBook Friends—for the first time face-to-face: Cara Black & Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

–          1 Profound Presenter who must be a long lost cousin: Elizabeth Engstrom

…and a partridge in a pear tree!

So, although I met some great people, at the same time I somehow managed to miss two presenters who I was actively looking for (so I may not be a geek—but I am a big dork): Kathi Kamen Goldmark and her funny hubby, Sam Barry.

Nonetheless, it was a wonderful workshop, and I will be back again next year for more information, fun, and of course—The People!



4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2011 2:14 pm

    What a fun post! Thanks for including me in your list. I had a fabulous time at the conference as well. : )

  2. February 24, 2011 6:45 pm

    Hey MTE! Thanks so much for sharing the “fun” of the conference. I have always wanted to attend the San Fran conference, but living on the east coast hasn’t always offered the opportunity. Your post makes me want to mark off my calendar and plan for next year! I especially loved the way you wove your excitement in and out. I could almost see you moving from session to session, smiling, greeting, and cheering everyone on!

    Honey Cheers,
    Hobbit Queen

    • February 24, 2011 7:20 pm

      Hobbit Queen–you are so kind! It was wonderful–and I do encourage it no matter which coast you live on. I was surprised to meet writers from all over the US–and Canada–and even New Zealand. :-)They do a fabulous job! I’ll definitely be back. Cheers!

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