This weekend I spent Saturday at agent Kate’s, agency away day. It was a great chance for her clients to get together and eat lots of biscuits. Erm, I mean, talk about writing related stuff.
My agent Kate Nash and newly promoted literary agent Sarah Taylor, as well as providing us with plenty of tea and biscuits, talked about the agency, publishing, and authors.
Anyone following my Twitter feed on Saturday will know we were well fed as I was stuffed and feeling rather greedy after a wonderful lunch.
The best thing about the day for me was meeting other writers. It always is. It’s why I go to the Crime writing festival. In our day-to-day world, a writer can feel like a fish swimming upstream. Especially a writer like myself who is currently not yet published and has no book to show family and friends for all the time I spend at my laptop. So being able to spend so much time with people with the very same shared love of books and writing is just a wonderful experience. You don’t have to explain that you just need another ten more minutes and you’ll be done. Or really, I am working. It’s a given here. Understood. It was bliss.
To top off a great day, we went out for more food and alcoholic drinks in the evening. And as it happened, one of Kate’s clients, Jane Lovering had a book release on Saturday and she had attended the away day. So we took her book out with us and celebrated its birth into the world in style. I even accosted a woman in a pink wig as she walked past me and asked if she would pose for a photo with the book, which she happily obliged – may have something to do with the alcohol – and then went on to photograph the book herself after reading the blurb so she could go out and buy it!
So, today I sit back in the real world alone, but feeling mightily motivated to write more simply for being in the company of other writers. Writers just do that for you! 🙂