I went to a Brandon Sanderson signing! How cool is that? The guy wrote the now-finished Steelheart trilogy, Mistborn series, and The Way of Kings! I felt bad for him as he read an excerpt from his book—the guy was somewhat sick.—but he still did an incredible job. He signed some books for me and talked to me about a future in writing. It's been so cool to meet with so many successful authors and gain inspiration to work harder for my dream.
Yes, that is famous author Kevin J. Anderson! It was such an honor to meet him at the final day of the writing conference in Provo. He gave a really impressive lecture on some foundational rules of writing and even took the time to personally talk to me and snap a picture! I'm planning to see him again next February in the Superstars Event in Colorado. I grew up reading Kevin's books and he was a big inspiration for me to write, so overall the experience was very surreal. Definitely something I'll remember for a long time.
While on my three-day writing conference binge, I met M. Todd Gallowglas, a self-published author and his cover illustrator. The two were a lot of fun and talked to me for quite some time. It's quite nice being able to interact with other authors. Although I plan on publishing through traditional methods (a publishing company) instead of self-publishing, I can definitely still respect all the hard work and dedication it took Mr. Gallowglas to get where he was from scratch. Awesome Guy!
Heard about a three day writing conference held out in Provo called LTUE. I decided to go -try and network a little. Got a chance to meet with Michelle Corsillo (left) from Wordfire Press and Julie Frost (middle), a great author. They gave me a lot of sage advice and even let me practice my elevator pitch on them!
It pumped me up about continuing my networking as much as possible.
There's a first time for everything- that even includes blogging about my progress as an author. I'll put everything here as if it were a journal. From dealing with a tough decision on how to progress next on social media sites to how I felt about a certain rejection letter. Heck, I shouldn't even call this a blog -should call it 'dear diary' instead. Yuck. I've never been good at keeping a diary. But, like I said -there's a first time for everything.
All I hope is that someone, somewhere reads this. If you do- send help. I've been kidnapped by alien/goat hybrids.