Mark McVeigh of The McVeigh Agency invited a group of his followers to participate in a webinar, and guess what?! I was one of the lucky followers! Squee! It was such a great experience, and I learned a ton. Plus it was fun!
Mark worked as an editorial director at Simon and Schuster before becoming an agent, so he definitely knows the industry. He also used to be a teacher, and (here's the part that sparked his webinar idea) he misses teaching. Do you see where I'm going with this, bloggy friends? It was as if fortune smiled its shiny, little face upon me because an agent who used to be an editor and a teacher (important because Mark knows how to structure a class extremely well) invited me to participate in a webinar about publishing.
I could not reply "YES" fast enough.
It was an online interactive webinar led by Mark. He talked to us and we could ask questions. He spoke about the business side of things: getting an agent, getting an editor, and getting published. We could see him and he could see us, so it was all cozy and nice. He presented everything in this amazingly organized and interesting way while keeping tabs on us, just as a teacher would with students in a classroom. It was an uber cool opportunity, and I'm so happy I was able to take part in it.
Another benny? The other participants and I are staying in touch via email and blogs. (Hi, guys!) A critique group even formed out of it. Isn't that cool?
We writers who blog already know how the Internet can help us feel connected to the writing community beyond our critique groups, cities, states, regions, and even countries. This experience is another perfect example of that, and I appreciate how Mark McVeigh and the other participants made it so special. Thanks, guys.