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Five Questions with Diane Parrish

"I am so grateful for the opportunity the conference provided me and am still pinching myself on a daily basis." -Diane Parrish, 2022 conference attendee

1. Why did you decide to attend the conference?

I had a finished novel that had not attracted the attention of an agent or publisher and so I decided to sign up and in the hope that I would learn more about pitching and the industry in general. I was so so nervous about pitching that I almost bailed many times, but Amanda (Parrish Morgan, Diane's daughter and WWW instructor) kept insisting I go. She reassured me my book was good and reminded me no one would ever know that if I didn’t at least try to get it published. I was physically ill that day, but a glitch in the world of virtual communication turned out to be huge blessing. The publisher I was supposed to talk to could not get her zoom to work, but she was kind enough to circle back to me after the conference and from that conversation requested my whole manuscript.