Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Writers' Conference

Picture Caption: Heidi Thomas, Treble Heart Publisher Lee Emory, Mary Trimble. Photo by Gwyn Ramsey

A real highlight for me each year is attending the Women Writing the West (WWW) conference, held in different parts of the country. This year’s conference, my tenth, was in San Antonio, TX. What a perfect venue with its rich history.

The unofficial start of our conferences are Friday morning guided tours, which gives us a feeling for the place. Sometimes I’ve written travel articles based on these tours, but this year I just sat back and soaked up The Alamo and other fascinating sites in San Antonio.

Getting together with old and new writing friends is inspirational. I see some of these friends during the year, but mostly our get-togethers are crammed into this 3-day event. I come away feeling uplifted by the dedication and success of these women. I also absorb a lot of information garnered in talks, panel presentations and individual discussions.

A wonderful feature at these conferences is an opportunity to talk one-on-one to agents, publishers, publicists and editors. This year I talked to David Balsiger of Grizzly Adams Productions about the possibility of making my first two books, Rosemount and McClellan’s Bluff, into movies. I suppose every writer dreams of her work made into a movie. After all, we see our stories so vividly in our minds.

But the big event for me was that publisher, Lee Emory of Treble Heart Books, offered me a contract for my new novel, Tenderfoot. What a thrill!

I’ll post from time to time on the publishing progress of this book.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Mary,
Nice blog. Now we can keep up with the many things you do as a successful novelist and travel writer.

All the best of luck.
Peggy
p.s.
As a test of the way the site works, I didn't log in. I'm a member but checked anonymous.

Heidiwriter said...

Nice photo! But I'm not prejudiced, am I? I'm glad you're blogging now too. It's a lot of fun.
Heidi

Velda Brotherton said...

Found your blog Mary, didn't read on.
I like the look of it and will follow along. I didn't put your name to a face till you posted the photo. That's such a good idea for those of us who are name challenged. I remember faces forever, it seems, but the names go dancing off into the never never land.
Congratulations on your contract.

Susan J Tweit said...

Congratulations, on taking the plunge into the blogosphere, Mary! It's amazing how warm this virtual community can be, and how people find you through these digital threads. Good luck with your new novel, and the movie prospect as well!

Susan
http://communityoftheland.blogspot.com

Gwyn Ramsey said...

Very nicely done, Mary. Love the picture and it fits in so nicely with your new blog. Now keep writing. You're on your way.

Jean Henry Mead said...

It's a lovely blog site, Mary, and I want to congratulate you on your contract.