I taught my first workshop on Sunday at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland. And actually got paid. My first paid gig as a speaker! It’s a small thing, yet I feel like I’ve hit a new level as a writer. How it will translate into future success remains to be seen. I got terrific feedback on the workshop, titled Your First Draft Doesn’t Have to Suck and based on blogs I’ve posted about my writing process.
While at the conference, I also pitched the first book in my series, The Sex Club, to a Hollywood manager and to a producer. The manager was very receptive and asked if he could have the copy I had sitting on the table. He said he planned to read the book right away. We’ll see. ☺
The producer also thought The Sex Club had potential as a movie, but he was skeptical about Detective Jackson as a character for a TV series. “Not enough hook.” He also said if the book were made into a movie, the first thing they would do is cut Kera, the Planned Parenthood nurse. Which I found mildly amusing. The story loses a lot of its complexity without her. The guy admitted he hardly ever reads anything, but he took a copy with him. Maybe he’ll give the book to his wife to read. She’ll love it, and say, “You have to make this movie.”
A writer can dream…