Monday, January 31, 2011
Back to Business Monday: Home from NYC - SCBWI Conference, Viking & more!
3. To BUILD your list of things to-read, to-write, to-blog, to-share.
2. To FORM & STRENGTHEN FRIENDSHIPS with the people in your writing community.
1. To LEARN from editors, agents, industry professionals and, especially, fellow-writers.
Notice that "to sell your manuscript" is NOT on this list. If you concentrate on goals such as the ones above, instead of spending your conference time in frantic sell-mode, you may just find that a path to publication opens up for you. I've certainly attended conferences both the "right way" and the "wrong way" and, for me, the best insights and opportunities have come when I've had confidence in my writing and not worried so much about what other people think (or want).
So, next time you find yourself headed for a conference... Relax (as best you can). Reflect on your w-i-p and how you can employ comments from conference presenters and attendees to improve the manuscript. And remember that these are just a few days in what has probably been a years-long, if not lifetime journey. No matter what happens, if you believe in yourself, the conference will end with your dreams still intact and your hopes high!