I learned that it pays to be honest. Elana doesn't hold anything back. She is brave. She doesn't hide how many rejections she received in the querying process. Doesn't mince words about how hard it is to be published or how long it really took. And she certainly doesn't sugar coat the emotional roller coaster it is to be an author. She tells you straight, and she tells you true. And in abundance. Her site is a wealth of knowledge for any aspiring or already published writer.
I learned it pays to be generous. She is always promoting other authors and talking positively about them. When I attended her querying class we were supposed to send in our query beforehand for her to critique. For some reason mine didn't come through the email waves and so she didn't have it to critique. She actually followed up with me after the conference to make sure that she provided my critique. That is really thoughtful. And amazing considering her book POSSESSION was about to be released only a few weeks later and she was undoubtedly uber busy. Thanks for that Elana.
I learned that social networking is really important. I failed to take her social media class at the LDStorymaker's conference, but that doesn't mean I didn't steal notes from others who did. It is not only important, it is crucial in some cases to 1) get an agent 2) get a publisher and 3) get books sold. Elana has put on a clinic of how to do it.
I learned about many books that I want to read, now have read, and appreciate, including POSSESSION (Elana's book). I will have a separate post on the book (maybe next week) but let's just say it was fascinating.
Lastly, I learned that Elana loves bacon! Say what? It's true. And although I can't get down with that personally, I think it's awesome she is so quirky. Who am I to judge? I think I might need to go see a hypnotist to get off my Diet Cokey!