Today’s workshop speaker was Alice Orr. It was the 4th time we’ve met. The first time was 1996 at a NJRW chapter meeting. I had sent a few manuscripts to editors at Harlequin and the latest rejection included the advice to join RWA, which led to joining my local chapter. At the second meeting I attended, a woman sat beside me and asked about my writing. She was fun and full of advice then gave me her card so when I was ready for an agent, I could contact her. It was years before I did, with a nonfiction proposal, as she was closing her agency.
In 2004 we are both living in the Pacific NW and she taught an all day workshop for RCRW and I was the chapter treasurer and contest coordinator. After the workshop a group of us when to dinner.
So today, (3 years later, again!) she let us pitch our stories to her. I pitched my new project as dramatic nonfiction but she disagreed. If it’s my life – it’s memoir. 🙂 I recently sent out a few queries stating my complete memoir is nonfiction, some to agents who don’t do memoir. Sigh!
Fortunately, I have great notes and handouts from an amazing workshop today. I’ve got a new project in process and am going to tuck into those 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells. I just realized the nonfiction proposal I sent Alice as she was closing her agency, is a the same project I just pulled off the shelf after its eight year rest.
I’ve signed up to follow Alice’s blog. It’s called: Publishing Can Make Sense. I’ll believe that when I see it! LOL!