This is my second year at the Surrey Writers’ Conference and again I’ve enjoyed it as much as I did the first year. I felt like it was a family reunion where I got to see long-lost aunts and uncles.
I got to listen to two best selling authors talk about their craft: Robert Dugoni, author of Jury Master and Daniel Kella, a soft spoken local doctor-writer who, I think, is the next Michael Crichton. It is always inspiring to know that Canadians can break into the business – and Daniel does it holding down a full-time job as a doctor!
And on top of all that I met up with some film executives and film agents form Hollywood to talk about some of my latest screenplays and the success of Neutral Territory. The conference is great to make connections not only in publishing but key players in L.A.
I would highly recommend the conference to any budding author who wants to publish their work. I would especially recommend Sean Cranbury’s talk about digital piracy and social media. Sean has been in the book selling business for a long time and has a great grasp of where publishing is heading and everybody could learn a thing or two from him.
Next year will be the Conference’s twentieth anniversary and I’m sure they have some surprises in store, so sign up at http://www.siwc.ca/ and meet not only amazing authors, but new friends as well.