Realistically, most first-time authors seeking out a literary agent to pitch their book probably aren’t going to know all there is to know about their respective genre, and that is where the agent comes into play.
“I was shocked to learn on my first day at Ooligan Press that everything was completely student run.”
As I type this, I’m on my third cup of coffee, and I think I slept during that last nap. I can’t really remember. I’m one of the many Ooligan students who work in the professional realm while also pursuing a master’s degree, which means constantly trying to balance and prioritize schedules while facing an endless string of sleepless nights and pots (and pots) of coffee. Now I’m a special snowflake, because I actually work three jobs that all involve complicated children and exist in different quadrants of Portland. But I digress. Ultimately, what I have found through juggling full-time graduate school, multiple jobs, and an attempt at a social life is that I am gathering skills that will serve me well for the rest of my life. Every graduate student I know who also practices a balancing act, whether at Ooligan or otherwise, is learning what it means to get stuff done—and be creative while doing so. By building up our professional resumes while pursuing our education, we are able to provide unique and valuable insight into successful strategies, and we experience what the real world is actually like.
It wasn’t just that I was older and participating as a team member rather than an attendee. The 2017 conference was a softer, more intimate affair.
With the help of the project managers, we are working to ensure that no important work is lost going forward. And like Nancy Drew, we will investigate the whereabouts of those old missing files.
Write to Publish (W2P) 2017 is so close, but there’s still time to get your tickets—which will give you access to all of the panels, workshops, and extras we have planned for Saturday! Our vendors and sponsors have really stepped up and are offering a wide range of goods and services to everyone who stops […]