Taking a leap of faith here! I signed up for a writers conference in New York at the end of the month. I didn’t think I could go because we originally scheduled a board meeting for June 1st, but it was moved to the 14th, so now I’m going. I’m registered for the conference and have my airline reservations. Now I just have to find a place to stay that won’t cost a mortgage payment. I wonder if they rent park benches overnight?
I’m going because I want to learn more about the business. My manuscript is almost done. Just doing some minor expanding and polishing. I want to hear what the experts have to say before I start querying and hopefully submitting. I want to know if it’s truly ready or if I need to do more.
I’m a total novice in this industry and although I’ve been doing lots of research on the internet and in the library, there’s nothing like hearing something from the source and listening to the questions and answers to truly learn. I don’t want to be a nitwit. I want to go, talk to the experts and listen.
The agenda for this conference appeals to me because it includes information about life story writing, querying and other basic industry information. Many of the conferences seem to be too fiction oriented for what I’m doing.
Plus it will be nice to have a quick vacation in New York. The city intimidates me – all cities do. It’s good for me to push the limits of my comfort zone. Now that I’ve made the commitment, I’m excited.
Do you think it’s too early to pack?