This past weekend was our TARA meeting and it was great.
In all honesty, we always have wonderful meetings, but three times a year our PAN brings in the speakers and it's always something to look forward to. This past weekend was nothing less than awesome.
It started with a fun dinner on Friday night including the board, PAN members, and our speaker, Nephele Tempest, agent extraordinaire with The Knight Agency. Not only is she a super agent, but she is also a blast to be around. I felt totally at ease and it was like you'd known her way longer than a few short hours.
We had a great time, the food was yummy Italian, and the wine was perfect. Add to that eleven women and you know there was plenty of laughter and maybe a wee bit of brain picking. It's not everyday you get to sit down to dinner with an agent (one who is at the top of so many people's list) and ask questions in a small atmosphere.
Saturday was no less amazing. Nephele talked about...are you ready for this...the dreaded synopsis. Yes, groans were loud when she told us her title. And perhaps a little louder when she told us to think of the the query paragraph as a mini synopsis.
I've got notes and the information was/is great for those of us who dread writing the thing. Really, I've only known a couple of people who loved to write them. We'd all hate them, but they're just to nice to do that, so we try not to envy them.
The afternoon was Technology and the Writer. Another informative session and yes, I've got notes on that as well. I haven't typed them up yet, but will share if anyone would like them.
The evening ended with dinner (at TARA we like to eat), and more sharing of laughter and wine.
I drove home tired and elated at the same time. It was a wonderful weekend. Sorry, no pics to share this time.