Although they're not in the picture, the remaining two faculty members were also at the ceremony, Linda Legters and Marilyn Allen. I was particularly interested in Ms. Allen's upcoming class about writing a successful query letter, since I have one manuscript that I have been querying and another one that I'm currently revising. Unfortunately, I just checked the date of the class and it's the same day as my daughter's birthday party, so I won't be able to attend. (Hope Ms. Allen plans on teaching it again!)
I AM hoping to be able to join the first Pitch It! contest being held a week later. For $20, you get the opportunity to read your query letter to Ms. Allen and several other writers. The top three pitches will be sent to editors at Sourcebooks Inc. and Penguin Random House. For any local writers with a finished manuscript, this is a great opportunity! I'm a little nervous, as I am horrible at presentations, but good, bad or ugly, I hope to blog about the contest. I've never pitched a novel before, so it'll be a learning experience, and perhaps I'll be able to share some tips about it afterwards.