Sunday, May 31, 2009

Writers, Writers Everywhere!

In case you haven't heard, it was a big week for writers in Manhattan this week. The ginormous Book Expo America was held at the Javits Center, overlapping with the Backspace Conference. I didn't participate in either of these events (I'd planned on going to one day of BEA, but, long story short, I had to spend the day getting my daughter tested for swine flu. It was negative. Yay.) but I did meet up with some writers I've met online and IRL. 

On Friday, I met AWer mikeland for coffee near Union Square. He critiqued one of my short stories and gave me fabulous feedback a few months back. We've been communicating online for a while, so it was great to see him in person. Much chatting of agents and the publishing industry ensued.

Last night, I went out for drinks with some other AWers (ClaudiaGray, NeuroFizz, Lara, and Sharonb423) and some Backspace attendees at the uber-writerly Algonquin Hotel Bar. (Pictured above. Notice all the booze on the table.) 

Then the hubs and I went out to dinner with the very fun Debbie and her husband, Chuck. Debbie was a conference queen this week, attending BOTH (and having great success, might I add.) I'm sure she'll be posting her pictures when she gets home.

Fun week! 

And if any of you come to NYC, please let me know. I loved talking shop.


Allie said...

I was so jealous reading everyone's BEA posts and tweets this weekend. Next year, I want to go!

Glad to hear your daughter is okay!

WendyCinNYC said...

Allie--I hope you do come next year. We will meet up for sure. Will your book be out then?

Angie Ledbetter said...

Sounds like a great time!

Melanie Hooyenga said...

How FUN!!! It's so weird to me that all these people go to Backspace since my aunt is the co-founder. It's a weird dynamic in my head, lol.

I'm very glad to hear your daughter is safe. How scary!

Debra Lynn Shelton said...

Wendy, It was so awesome seeing you again and meeting your wonderful hubby. What a great guy! I just posted a brief blurb on my blog. As you know, I've got a lot of work to do! I'll post pics soon, including the one of the four of us (if that's OK w/you and V.) Thanks again, for a very special night - your generosity and friendship are priceless.;-)

WendyCinNYC said...

Melanie--I remembered that your aunt was involved with Backspace. Someone mentioned her name and I nearly piped up that I "knew" her, but then I realized I didn't! "Oh yeah, she's the aunt of someone I know on the internet, but I've never met in person" sounds a little strange.

Debbie--Sure, post away! It was great meeting Chuck, too. He's a nice guy!

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Wendy, that is totally something I would have said, or almost said. Funny. :)