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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Today--Writer or Editor?

Today I'm going to the BYU Publication Fair in Provo to represent WiDo Publishing as an editor. Along with another WiDo editor who is also a writer. So today I guess I'm an editor. We'll be meeting writers who may be anxious about:

*the pitch

*the submission

*meeting an editor

*their talent or not

*the company-- would WiDo be a good fit for them


So today I'll be an editor. But I'm also a writer who's been there. (Well, not at a conference or a fair like this, lacking opportunity AND guts.)

So today of all things I hope I will be kind. And pleasant. And not let the fatigue and boredom show on my face. Hmm, that doesn't sound very nice, does it? I'll work on that.


  1. Awwwww!


    I hope today goes well!

    Take care

  2. Thanks, Old Kitty. I'll work on being nice. Let's hope the day goes well for those hopeful writers in attendance.

  3. That must be odd to exist on both sides of the equation. Least you understand where the dumb questions originiate, even if they do bore you!

  4. Sounds like you will have an interesting day:)

  5. Alex, it is odd, and leads to personality splits sometimes :) But the boredom doesn't come from questions, I don't mind those. It's when people have a pitch that lasts 10 minutes instead of 10 seconds. Or 30 seconds. No pitch should EVER go over 3 minutes, and even that's too long. Especially when others are standing in line behind you.

    Christine, Yes, I'm actually really looking forward to it. Being part of this process is exciting!

  6. I can't wait to hear how this goes. When I've attended conferences, I have appreciated hearing from published writers more than anyone else.

  7. I'd like to hear recaps in you blog of the highlights. Thanks, and keep us posted.

    Stephen Tremp

  8. Theresa & Stephen, Well alrighty then! I'll post about it tomorrow.

  9. Can't wait to read how it went tomorrow!

  10. Hello, I just posted an entry on my blog and noticed that you had "signed up." Thanks for doing so! It's nice to know that people are finding it interesting. One thing that I like to do as much as writing, is reading! I like what I see here, so if you don't mind, I'm going to tag along.

  11. Oooh that would be scary, for the writer. But I'm sure you will be nice, because you just are!

  12. Hi Karen, Interested to hear how it went, we don't have fairs like that in Ireland. I can't imagine the stress of the hopeful writers, I dont think I'd be up to the rejection - Tread softly because you tread on my dreams - as Yeats would say.

  13. Pat, there was something I read on one of your posts that hooked me. I cant' remember what it was right now, but I read it and thought, Ha, I'm following here!

    Crystal & Brigid, With that encouragement, I will be nice, I will I will. "Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." Omigosh that is so perfect. Especially for today, but really for all days. Thank you, Brigid!

  14. I'm sure you'll be fantastic, Karen. Good luck!

  15. Have fun and I look forward to reading your thoughts.

  16. Good luck with your day and I hope it all goes well for you. :)

  17. Have a non-boring time! I look forward to a full report. ;o)


  18. Your a woman with many hats. Hope all goes well with your "editor" hat on today. ;)

  19. I hope it's a great experience. Can't wait to read your take on being on both sides of the proverbial fence.

  20. aww I hope it goes well for you :o)