For some reason I feel like this should be in all caps, WRITER’S CONFERENCE. I will be attending a WRITER’S CONFERENCE. Add inflated sense of self-importance and extreme trepidation here. I’m going to the Philadelphia Writing Workshop on April 9, 2016. Not only am I attending the one day workshop, but I’ve gone ahead and signed on for three 10 minute pitch sessions with agents. It’s an extra (read: it costs more), but I think it’s worth it. At least I *hope* it’s worth it. Ten minutes with an agent will set me back $29 per agent. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve signed up for three pitch sessions.
Did I let the fact that I don’t actually have a book to publish slow me down? Not at all. I’m taking the ridiculously optimistic point of view that my manuscript will be done by then. After all, working to a deadline is a great motivator. Right? RIGHT???
So, with no book to publish, why am I going (you may be asking). Well there are a few reasons:
1) The program actually sounds informative. Classes include, “Your Publishing Options Today,” “Everything You Need to Know About Agents, Queries & Pitching” and “Writers’ Got Talent: A Chapter One Critique-Fest.” These sound like classes I can benefit from attending/
2) Writers – real, published, successful writers – meet their agents at conferences. The one that jumps to mind is Veronica Roth. I’m sure there’s others – but let’s face it – if Veronica Roth did it, it’s probably worth trying.
3) Because querying sucks. Feel free to read my other blog posts about my epic fails in querying. I was going to link to them here, here and here, but once I got started reading my old blog posts, I forgot how much I loved them, and then I re-read them, and then I realized I was trying to finish this blog post, so I had to stop. So by all means – go read my old blog posts about my failure (okay – it’s really FAILURES at querying). But I digress.
3) continued – yeah, so it’s official that I suck at querying – but maybe (please LORD) I’m better in person. At the very least, you can’t send me to the SLUSH PILE when I’m sitting in front of you. At least I hope you can’t. I wonder if they have a button with a hole in the floor that ejects people with bad pitches into garbage dumpsters….
Long story long, I think it could be really good for me to go, so I’m gonna go! Yeah me! Now I just gotta write a book between now and April.