For those readers who've been here FIVE years or more, you'll remember my non-trip to the Alaska Writing Guild conference in August 2009.
For those of you who don't, here's a blog post that will give you a sense of my wrath
In 2010, I was invited to try again. This time I wrested the planning from the travel agent, and booked myself on a flight to Seattle, then on to Anchorage on the Monday before the conference. By god if there was going to be a repeat of 2009, I was going to be ready!
Of course, there wasn't. I got to Anchorage five days before the conference. The conference organizers, kind and generous souls that they are, offered to take me on explorations, trips, tours, hell, they'd have found polar bears to pet if I'd asked.
Instead, I closeted myself in my hotel room and WORKED! I kept telling them I wasn't there for a vacation, only to make sure I actually GOT THERE.
And it was absolutely worth it. The Alaska Writing Guild conference was where I met Lee Goodman and first read his novel INDEFENSIBLE.
I will never forget the moment I looked up from reading his manuscript and realized "holy shit, this guy is the next Scott Turow!"
I was fortunate that Lee signed with me.
I was delighted when editor Emily Bestler agreed with me.
And this week, I was overjoyed when PW gave INDEFENSIBLE a starred review. I'm damn proud I had a hand in helping this book have a life.
These are the moments an agent lives for.