Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference: Survivor’s Report

I spent last weekend in Seattle at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference. A place where writers, agents, and editors come together in a gladiator-style fight to the death, and only the strongest writer, agent and editor survive. This trifecta then goes on to produce the greatest and best-selling story ever known to man and woman-kind.


Given that this was my first experience with pitching my project to agents and editors, I expected something like the above. To my great relief and slight disappointment, it turns out that people who work in publishing are not half-clothed gladiators or hot ninjas. They’re people who love books and reading, and have devoted their lives to working with authors to create more books. Who knew?

I pitched to three agents and one editor, and all four requested that I send them pages. Which must mean I presented my idea in a clear and interesting way, and that I didn’t have coffee breath or the bottom of my skirt tucked into my underwear. So I’m super excited about that. I promise to keep you, my devoted fans, apprised of the situation as the rejection letters offers of representation come rolling in.


Meeting other writers was also super fun. Winning an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in a random drawing of Twitter users was amazing! Especially since I’m somewhat of a Twitter novice. Well, no more. I’ve learned that tweeting pays, and it pays in Kindles. So just try and keep me out of the Twitterverse from now on.

Were you at the PNWA conference? Did you also win a Kindle for tweeting? (Nope, that was just me! Thanks, PNWA!) What was it like for you?

7 thoughts on “Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference: Survivor’s Report

  1. Morgan says:

    I attended the PNWA conference. I didn’t win a Kindle for tweeting, but a woman at my table did. Oh wait, that was you!

    The conference felt “like I just took a semester of writing classes compressed into 4 days.” I’m still absorbing it. I will go through my notes and apply the recommendations I received. One of them was to start “blogging” and read others’ blogs. I’m doing the reading part now, and will start the blogging part soon.

    I reconnected with a good friend at the conference. One piece of advice she gave me was to “network, network, network!” I am reticent by nature, so I will have to break through that. I do feel energized.

    It was nice to meet you, Mariah!

  2. Jane Klein says:

    You are well on your way, Mariah! Happy journey! Much love, Jane Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:04:01 +0000 To:

  3. Hilarious truth! Love your report. And congrats on the kindle win and success of your pitches!

  4. Edith says:

    Congrats on your win! I enjoyed meeting you and hearing your pitch this weekend. Best wishes!

  5. Mariah Klein says:

    Thank you Michele and Edith! It was so nice to meet you at PNWA, and I wish both of you great success with your writing.

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