A writing acquaintance who teaches a class for the workshop at the SF con kindly offered to review my synopsis for me. She liked the query letter & short synopsis alot but suggested trashing my whole long synopsis and re-writing it in a more "movie-trailer" sort of language, with less details and more excitement. So I'm trying that. So far I've mostly managed to convince myself I wasn't cut out to write movie trailers.
And in BIG EXCITING news my novel is a finalist in the PNWA Literary Contest (SF novel cateogry) so I'm very excited! There are 8 finalists total for each category. I have to send them a bio and a photo so they can plaster my head on posters at their summer conference.
On the DOWN side, I can't actually justify paying the $400 to go to the conference, even though it would be awesome (I went to one years ago and it really was fun), because I'm getting laid off and, well, going to a writing conference is kinda low on the necessity list. It would be $100 just for me and DH to go to the awards dinner (and the menu is composed entirely of things that make my pregnancy belly all pukey) so I'm not even sure we'll do that. Plus I'd probably have to buy a maternity dress and actually get my hair cut and so on so.... yeah, now I'm equal parts delighted and depressed.