As many of you know, I just attended a writers' conference out here in Bothell, WA where I will still be until Wed.
But thought you might appreciate a few suggestions I found that worked for me to guarantee a successful and fun time.
Be Friendly. Seems like a no-brainer but still many people who attend these conference don't even say hello. I made it a point to speak to anyone I could and eventually our table of friends grew. I also made so many new friends and contacts. I miss them already!
Sign up for Everything.. Yeah, even if you're scared to do it. I certainly was. But in the two days I was there, I not only sat in on many great classes but I had a few chapters critiqued by an expert and also met with three different professionals about pitching my book. More on that in my next post. I'll be sure to mention how to stalk with dignity.
Attend the worship service. If you can get up that early. Since I'm staying in a household that includes a two-year-old, it was easy. But it also meant I went home before the night events. Praying and singing with fellow writers is awesome and connects you for the day.
Ask a ton of questions. I learned so much from the other writers around me. They shared their stories and hearts. Those memories are the ones that will remain with me much longer.
Finally, relax, speak up, smile, include others and forget about everything else around you.
I wish I could attend another one tomorrow.
But for now, I hear my grandson calling me. I can't wait to share more in my next post along with some encouraging news.
Look for me back around the blogs upon my return. Until then, think about this--is there a writer's conference you've been putting off going to?