Sunday, 20 March 2011
Sent to Coventry
You may not know that I am a member of the SAS. It's the "other" SAS = Scattered Authors Society and every now and again, it un-scatters and gets together - some of it - to talk about writing, publishing, editors, agents, book tours, blogs etc.
Above is a picture of some of us hard at work talking about such things in Coventry last weekend.
There was an ugly moment on Sunday morning when at 11.30am. 35 authors found there was no coffee, but here is a picture of happier times.
After introductions, including from a lot of new members, we discussed what publishers consider hot currently in children's books, historical research, people's working methods, political correctness, independent booksellers and forging connections.
I cunningly left before the part where people volunteer to organise next year's conference but I believe we do have two noble members who stepped forward. It's always fascinating to hear what other people are writing, what hassles they are experiencing, what changes of direction, what shortlistings and awards they have had. It's such a generous bunch, always ready to celebrate colleagues' successes and mourn one another's woes.
And a wonderful joint repository of information and help. Long live the SAS - Who Shares Wins.