Monday, October 3, 2011

B is for Bargaining...Pay Attention Ladies

My husband and I have struck a deal. A bargain. A trade. This past weekend he was allowed a golf weekend with his cousin. This is where he went:
C'est the Justin Timberlake Shriner's Open Golf Tournament at TPC in Summerlin, Las Vegas. He watched the pros play, he played himself at a course close by, and afterward played hookie from life and all his normal responsibilities. Left early, came home late, and I encouraged it. And oh yeah, he was also hangin' with JT:


AND NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the aforementioned (and my generosity and munificence) this is where I get to this coming weekend:
A few of my favorite writer friends have invited me up to Utah for the Romance Writer's of America Heart of the West Conference in Park City. I went to this conference last year, and it was a blast. Two of my friends ended up landing agents from attending this conference. Neither of them were extended actual offers of representation until many months after the conference, but the introduction was made, and they both have some amazing deals in the pipeline. 

I wasn't sure I wanted to go again this year because my life is super hectic these days, but I am going for the following reasons: (You feel the bullet points comin'?)
  • It's a pretty inexpensive conference considering others I've been to;
  • It's a smaller, more intimate setting, where there are plenty of opportunities to have real conversations with people in the industry;
  • The hotel is beautiful--more like a gigantic cabin-mansion on the mountain.
  • It's a great way to make connections with new critique partners, writing groups, blog friends, etc.;
  • It's an awesome get away. Plain, simple, adult time. For those of you with little ones, you feel me!
  • Workin' on the craft. I dont know about any of you guys, but I don't have any immediate plans to go back to school to get my MFA in writing. I am teaching myself, and conferences go a long way in that respect.
  • Tons of great guests, authors, and editors.
  • Three totally awesome agents: 
  1. Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
  2. Anita Mumm, The Nelson Literary Agency
  3. Marlene Stringer, The Stringer Literary Agency
  *BTW--Each attendee gets a free pitch session

 I don't think its too late to register if anyone wants to meet me there. Go bargain with your significant other for a free weekend. 

You can find me in the hot tub!

21 comments:

  1. You lucky, lucky girl. How have I not heard of this? I live in Utah! If my hubby wasn't working I would seriously consider it. Darn.

    Have a most fabulous time!

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  2. Woo hoo! Awesome bargaining. The conference sounds like a wonderful opportunity too. Good luck with pitching to the agents! I wish I could be there. I want some hot tub time.

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  3. That sounds amazing! Bargaining is a wonderful tool for everyone! LOL. I wish I could be there. I love Park City. Maybe I'll come hit the alpine slides and say hi! Have fun! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  4. Yay! Seems like an awesome bargain. Have fun at the conference!

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  5. Hope you have fun! It sounds awesome. Great bargaining skills. ;0)

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  6. That's a great bargain! I hope you have a lot of fun and learn a ton.

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  7. Clever you. What a great bargain!

    I love conferences. There are few things better than talking writing with like minds. Have fun!

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  8. Yea! I hope you havea great time!

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  9. I love park city. Gorgeous this time of year. And there's a writing conference there? This I did not know. Now I do. Awesome! :)

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  10. Want. to. go. This sounds like a must-attend kinda thing. Going to check out details!

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  11. I'm all for trade-offs. If Chris got to have a fun weekend doing what he likes, then you should have a weekend doing what you like. Have fun, Jessie! Try to make time for the outlet mall!

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  12. Have fun! Hope you get all you want out of it!!

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  13. Sounds like a fabulous bargain! After reading your bullet points (love those, btw), I am even more excited than ever to go! It's going to be one awesome weekend.

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  14. That is a great bargain. Sounds like the weekend will be fabulous!

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  15. Ooh, it sounds awesome. Enjoy it and good luck.

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  16. Oh wow! That sounds amazing! I hope you have an incredible time.

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  17. Sounds fun! Can't wait to hear about it!

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  18. Hmmm...you forgot that we call it the PORNO conference, and what type of bargaining did you use? ha ha. It's going to rock this weekend.

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  19. Sounds like you'll be having a blast. Enjoy!

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  20. Fabulous! You lucky duck! I hope you have an awesome time!!

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  21. That sounds like an incredible getaway! I love Park City.

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