Last weekend, I had the honor and pleasure of speaking at the fourth annual Moreno Valley Writers Launch Pad, a half-day conference put on by the Moreno Valley, CA Arts Commission and headed up by Eric Von Mizener.
If the event had been seven months ago, I wouldn’t even have registered on Eric’s radar as a potential candidate for speaking there – and rightly so.
What a difference a few months makes!
Now I am an author with one book currently available that I have indie published and another coming very soon, being published by the distinguished Wiley and Sons (A Very Different School and Web Hosting For Dummies, to be precise).
That was enough to tempt Eric to ask me if I would be willing to speak to budding writers about my journey to getting published – and I jumped at the chance.
(I should probably mention that I shared the stage with the very talented James Bruner and Elizabeth Stevens… and James wrote four hit movies for Chuck Norris back in the 80’s so I would have said yes just to be on stage with him!)
The day was fantastic.
The turnout was fairly small – the weather was good so most people were probably either at the beach or getting some yard work done – but it was a really good event none-the-less.
James and Elizabeth shared the journey to writing and publishing Elizabeth’s wonderful and beautifully illustrated children’s book Mister D. and James went on to describe his journey to becoming a successful Hollywood screenwriter.
Both were interesting and educational stories that showed how much the writing industry is about hard work and perseverance (and not listening to Mister D. – read the book to understand that one).
I, of course, went overtime as I always do, even though I had practiced and practiced my speech until I had it down to way within the allotted time. I got some good feedback anyway, including the very flattering comment,
“You were engaging, entertaining and educational all wrapped into one inspiring presentation.”
From one of the attendees.
I think she mistook me for James Bruner and meant to send that message to him instead of me, but I’ll take what I can get! 😉
The Arts Commission members, the three of us speakers and a handful of others went out for lunch afterward, which was very entertaining and the whole day just ended up being fun, positive and educational.
I totally recommend the Moreno Valley Writer’s Launch Pad, which is a free event and is held in Moreno Valley, California (near Riverside, CA) and I’d love to go back next year as either a returning speaker or attendee.
It’s good to meet other people who are facing the same struggles I did for so many years with launching a career as an author and to be able to share the details of my journey with them – and where it has taken me.
I have no idea what’s coming next, but it’s going to be fun finding out!