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Help Me Prep For GCLS

Hey Folks,

I’m in the midst of a big road trip, first to Kentucky then to Orlando for a quick trip to GCLS.  I’ve been so busy packing and planning itineraries and making transportation arrangements that I really haven’t had time to think about what I’m going to do when I actually get there.  Just yesterday Susie asked “Are you going to do anything official at GCLS?”  I said “That is a GREAT question.”  Well it turns out I am!

I’m going to be part of the author auction (Sans chaps this year) which is always fun and a great way to raise money for the organization.  I also have the distinct honor of doing a coffee chat with Elizabeth Sims and Marcia Finical.  I have never met either of these women but I am sure we will be bestest friends by the end of our session.  The coffee chat format is casual and fun and leaves everyone in the room with tons of freedom to go where ever we want to go.  I hope the audience comes in with some great questions, but if occurs to me that I don’t really have any of my own.  I’m very much a pantser and this may surprise you about me but I’m a little bit extroverted too, so preparing conversation topics ahead of time has never really been anything I’ve felt the need to do, still I thought maybe we might get more out of the experience if I didn’t wing it. Maybe I should go in with a list of awesome burning questions, alas I do not really have any awesome burning questions.

Do you?

If you were an author going in to meet two other authors, what would be on the top of your “to ask” list?  Would you even have a “to ask” list? What would you hope they asked you?

Lay it on me!


June 7, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I know this one is probably way overdone…I’ve heard from some people that writers should avoid using personal experience, while others say to use it, if nothing else as a base (write what you know). Where do other writers stand on that?

    Also, how on EARTH do they get past the first paragraph? And how many first paragraphs do they totally trash once they get into the story?

    Lastly, am I the only person with a totally trashed desk? 🙂

    Comment by texasshiva | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hey Rachel.

    One question that might help us see into the mind of any author, is why do they do, what they do? What does it bring back to an author, to spend all those thousands of hours writing?

    We’ve come so far with lesfic in 30 years, with more writers, more publishers, more fans; where do you see us being in another 30 ?

    Lucky you to be going to the GCLS! Have a great time!

    Comment by Karen | June 7, 2011 | Reply

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